Yesterday, the rights of gun owners were subject to defeat as the U.S. Senate defeated an amendment to a defense bill which would have granted reciprocity to concealed-handgun permit holders in all but two states. Frankly, I don’t see the need for such legislation anyway as the “full faith and credit” clause in Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution already grants nationwide reciprocity (unless of course Congress had previously acted on the next clause by legislating it otherwise, but I don’t believe they have). Be that as it may, it’s still encouraging that a Senate controlled by Democrats came within two votes of passing such legislation.
Yet I couldn’t help but notice the hypocrisy when I saw New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg arguing against the amendment. Apparently he doesn’t like the idea of gun owners from other states being able to carry concealed within his beloved city. Bloomberg even used “states’ rights” rhetoric to state his points.
Several years before, however, Bloomberg was busy attempting to sue gun store owners in Virginia for allegedly contributing to New York’s crime problems via so-called “straw sales.” That was pretty big news here in the Commonwealth and the Virginia Citizens Defense League (a gun rights group) recently sent out an email talking about Bloomberg’s tactics:
Vigilante Bloomberg sent some private goons to gun stores in Virginia in hopes of entrapping gun dealers in what turned out to be an amateurish attempt at faking “straw purchases.”
Bloomberg completely bypassed Virginia law enforcement in his scheme. That infuriated the General Assembly, which passed a law making what Bloomberg did a felony, should he try it again.
So apparently Bloomberg is upset that out-of-state CHP holders can roam his streets strapped, but he thinks it’s perfectly okay to undermine the rule of law in other states in order to advance his moralist crusade against gun dealers. It seems liberals only invoke the rhetoric of state sovereignty when it’s convenient for them. This case is no exception. Similarly, the Left has invoked the “full faith and credit” clause to support their argument for legalizing same-sex “marriage” nationwide. I guess “equality” doesn’t extend to CHP holders.