In 2013, Senator Cornyn’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill received 57 votes, three short of the 60 it needed for passage. Thirteen Democrats voted for it, though seven of them have been defeated. With 52 Republican votes (assuming that all the new Republicans vote “yes”), that would give 58 votes for the bill. As we have previously noted, Democrats are promising to kill any reciprocity bill. From the Wall Street Journal:
Peter Ambler, executive director of Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control super PAC, said his organization plans to fight national reciprocity “tooth and nail,” threatening a Democratic filibuster of the legislation in the Senate.
“It’s a race to the bottom,” he said. “It allows people that have permits from states with the weakest standards possible to carry [weapons] in the streets of any U.S. city.”
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat and ardent gun-control advocate, said he believes any version of a national reciprocity bill would be “dead on arrival” in the Senate, due to strong Democratic opposition. . . .
Democrats who previously voted for reciprocity who are still in the Senate:
Joe Donnelly – IndianaMartin Heinrich – New MexicoTom Udall – New MexicoHeidi Heitkamp – North DakotaMark Warner – VirginiaJoe Manchin – West Virginia
Patrick Leahy – VermontBernie Sanders – VermontTim Kaine – VirginiaMark Warner – VirginiaAngus King – MaineClaire McCaskill – MissouriMaggie Hassan – New HampshireJeanne Shaheen – New Hampshire