Gun control groups cite Zimmerman as reason to block national reciprocity
By Chris Eger
In stumping against increased acceptance of concealed carry permits nationwide, gun control advocates tapped in George Zimmerman’s CWL and a $20 BB gun. (Photo: Everytown)
Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety over the weekend began running a meme showing a Florida state concealed weapon license purportedly owned by George Zimmerman layered over a person with a Marksman air pistol shoved haphazardly into the waistband of their jeans.
“Some states have low or no standards for who can carry a concealed weapon in public,” says the text over the ad.
“The NRA’s latest pet policy would make the weakest state gun laws the law of the land, allowing dangerous people to carry concealed guns in every state in the country,” said Moms Demand Action in the post urging lawmakers to decline support for a pair of national concealed carry reciprocity bills.
The measures, the H.R. 38 and S.446, respectively, would expand carry rights nationwide, in effect forcing states and local jurisdictions to respect all valid concealed carry permits, a move the advocates feel is a mistake which would lead to a “race to the bottom” to recognize permits from states with no training requirements and slim vetting.
The groups, backed by former New York