If Democrats who previously supported Concealed Carry Reciprocity vote for it again, it would be two votes short in the Senate

Jun 14, 2017 | Featured

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 – Indiana
Martin Heinrich – New Mexico
Tom Udall – New Mexico
Heidi Heitkamp – North Dakota
Mark Warner – Virginia
Joe Manchin – West Virginia
Eight Democrats live in states that already recognize permits from at least 48 other states.
Patrick Leahy – Vermont
Bernie Sanders – Vermont
Tim Kaine – Virginia
Mark Warner – Virginia
Angus King – Maine
Claire McCaskill – Missouri
Maggie Hassan – New Hampshire
Jeanne Shaheen – New Hampshire
Even though Senator Mark Warner is on both lists, he has already come out and said that he will oppose the reciprocity bill.  The only Republican who previously voted against, Mark Kirk, is no longer in the Senate.



  1. Michael Fallon

    It seems inconceivable, after what happened to their colleagues at the Alexandria ball park, that any Senator would oppose this bill.

  2. Michael R Fallon

    It seems inconceivable, after what happened to their colleagues at the Alexandria ball park, that any Senator would oppose this bill.

  3. Reyna Byron

    The nuts and bolts of this bill is intended to ensure that every state will honor any concealed carry permit or right from any other state. This creates a confusing patchwork model that often confuses gun owners and worse, sets them up to become criminals when they fail to research, understand, and follow the various different gun laws from state to state. This new bill if it becomes law would create some base standard without fully removing the states rights to regulate gun laws


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