Republicans back concealed carry reciprocity act for D.C.
By Chris Eger
On the heels of a shooting targeting unarmed members of Congress and their aides, legislation was introduced Thursday to recognize any valid concealed carry permit in Washington.
While the attack on the Republican Congressional Baseball Team occurred this week at a practice field in Alexandria, Virginia, the 22 GOP backers of the measure argue it was D.C.’s harsh gun control laws that prevented those with permits from exercising their right to bear arms. Instead of a carve out just for lawmakers, backers hold the District needs to be more accommodating.
“After the horrific shooting at the Republican Congressional Baseball practice, there will likely be calls for special privileges to protect politicians,” said U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky. “Our reaction should instead be to protect the right of all citizens guaranteed in the Constitution: the right to self-defense. I do not want to extend a special privilege to politicians, because the right to keep and bear arms is not a privilege, it is a God-given right protected by our Constitution.”
Massie’s bill, entered as H.R. 2909, would require the District of Columbia to respect the ability of individuals to carry concealed firearms if they have a permit issued from their home state or other jurisdiction.