A measure was shot down by the Senate today that would give individuals with concealed weapons permits in one state the right to cross into another state with a concealed weapon. The measure needed 60 votes to pass but lost by a vote of 58-39. It is a rare defeat for guns rights advocates.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says that the right to self-defense does not stop at state lines and that a person who has been issued a concealed weapons permit in one state should be able to carry a concealed weapon into another state that also issues concealed weapons permits as long as they adhere to that state’s gun laws. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) disagreed saying that some states have weaker laws to issuing concealed weapons permits. He says someone with a violent misdemeanor conviction in Alaska can get a permit in that state but would not qualify for a permit in New York. According to Schumer, this measure would force his state to abide by another state’s weaker permit requirements.
Graham’s position is that it is a person’s Second Amendment right to cross state lines with a concealed weapon. Schumer contends that it is a state’s right to decide who can carry a concealed weapon within its borders.