Remind me again why this man is even in the senate, let alone leading the Democrats?
The latest measure, offered by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), has far greater reach. Offered Monday as an amendment to the defense authorization bill, it would allow people to carry concealed firearms across state lines, provided they ‘have a valid permit or if, under their state of residence . . . are entitled to do so.’
The amendment is opposed by 400 mayors, including New York’s Michael R. Bloomberg (I) and Boston’s Thomas M. Menino (D), who outlined their objections in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). They noted that at least 31 states prohibit alcohol abusers from obtaining concealed-carry permits; at least 35 states bar people convicted of certain misdemeanors from becoming gun owners; and at least 31 states require people to complete gun-safety programs before securing a weapons permit.
But Reid voted for both pro-gun measures earlier this year and is viewed as a likely ‘yes’ on Thune’s amendment, although he has not declared a position. A vote on the amendment could come Wednesday, said Jim Manley, Reid’s spokesman.
It is time to seriously reconsider the senate leadership of Harry Reid. Because not only is he amazingly inept – being regularly out gunned by the GOP minority – he gives cover to the GOP by voting with them on many of these idiotic issues.
Also, the GOP love of state’s rights suddenly disappears when its a gun issue.