This is the second installment under the above title and the first installment can be seen here.
H.R. 2959: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013
Introduced: Aug 01, 2013
Sponsor: Rep. Richard Nugent [R-FL11]
This is just one of many similar bills introduced over the last three years. For the pro gun activists, it appears to be just what they/we want. Before we debate the merits, or lack of merits, of this bill we will first explore this bill’s Constitutional Authority Statement (CAS).
[Congressional Record Volume 159, Number 113 (Thursday, August 1, 2013)]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
The Commerce Clause:
“To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;”
Are firearms mentioned? Is traveling with a firearm commerce related? For now, forget the Indian Tribes. Each Indian Reservation is a ‘Sovereign Nation” within the entire US. Within that nation, they have their own rules/laws.
So, just how is the Commerce Clause even remotely related? Of course there are many Supreme Court decisions that say they are related. But those decisions are unconstitutional. A subject for later discussion.
Now, let us explore the actual merits of H.R. 2959.
The merits are all to obvious to the gun activist when looking at it through his/her eyes, while not having thought of the implications of such a law.
First of all, the mere fact that you need a permit to carry a firearm, whether concealed or openly is an infringement of the 2nd Amendment. If one wishes to do a bit of research, remaining within the Constitution, one will find that the 2nd Amendment has always been incorporated to the States regardless of any unconstitutional Supreme Court decisions and therefore any State firearm laws are unconstitutional. So, if this bill were to pass, it would just be confirming that any firearm laws actually have Constitutional Authority, which they DO NOT. That is unless like this bill does, abuses the Commerce Clause and our idiots in Congress are only too willing not only to sit by and let this abuse happen, they happily encourage it.
Mr. Nugent [R-FL11] appears to be no exception.