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  •  GOP is eye-balling national reciprocity amendment (4+ / 0-)

    WaPo - 2 days ago

    But two new key players in the gun debate, Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.), both with long records of backing expanded gun rights, said this week that their bipartisan proposal to expand the gun background check system amounted to the first step towards national reciprocity. And the presence of a number of pro-gun Democrats could mean the votes are there to make it happen.

    The bill filed Thursday by Manchin and Toomey includes some new provisions that gun rights advocates like — including one that allows gun sellers to more easily transport their merchandise between states. However, the bill does not require concealed-carry reciprocity among states, a provision requested by Toomey that was flatly rejected by Democrats this week during closed-door negotiations,
    There was, however, an informal agreement to vote on the measure as an amendment, according to Senate aides familiar with the talks.

    John Thune offered this amendment last go round.
    It would grant individuals who have a concealed-carry permit in one state the right to transfer that privilege to another state. The proposal earned 58 votes in the Senate — two short of the magic 60 needed to advance the bill to final passage — but enough to worry gun control groups.
    If that is the final teaser needed for passage Then it looks like a move backward at that point.

    Remove Christopher Cox - NRA lobbyist - from the negotiating table and things could be a lot different imo.

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