BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms lauded todayâ€™s 272-154 majority vote by the House of Representatives on passage of H.R. 822, the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted at the outcome of this important legislation in the House,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, â€œespecially since the floor debate brought out all of the tired old clichÃ© arguments. Congressional anti-gunners pulled out all the stops, but their rhetoric could not derail this common sense measure.
â€œAs so many of the billâ€™s proponents wisely pointed out during the debate,â€ he continued, â€œcitizens do not leave their self-defense rights at a state border. Those who would argue otherwise evidently have no interest in public safety.
â€œWhat was remarkable,â€ Gottlieb observed, â€œis how many self-defense opponents suddenly discovered the cause of statesâ€™ rights as an excuse to oppose this legislation. This measure is not about stateâ€™s rights, itâ€™s about individual rights.â€
The vote found seven Republicans voting against the measure and 43 Democrats supporting it.
â€œHow the bill fares when it reaches the Senate remains to be seen,â€ Gottlieb noted, â€œbut this recorded House vote will give the nationâ€™s firearms owners a chance to see how their Congressional representative feels about their rights under the Second Amendment, and about the safety of their families when they travel across state lines.
â€œHouse members can give all the lip service they want to the Second Amendment,â€ he concluded, â€œbut it is votes like this that separate the superficial from the sincere.â€