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The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution reads that the "right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." In 2008, the late-Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his Heller decision that the term "bear arms" means "carry weapons."
Since then, liberal activist judges have struggled to figure out how to ignore this plain-as-day language and uphold state laws banning concealed carry.
Right now - literally as you read this - the nine Justices of the United States Supreme Court are meeting behind closed doors to vote on which cases to hear and which to ignore. One of those cases is Peruta v. California.
The case asks a very simple question: if the Supreme Court has held that Americans have an individual right to own and carry firearms for self defense, how can California constitutionally outlaw both concealed and open carry?
Right now, California law prohibits citizens from openly carrying (over their clothing, in full view) firearms in public. State law also allows County Sheriffs to refuse residents' concealed carry permits for any reason they want. The result is a ban on open carry and a de facto ban on concealed carry.
So far, the Supreme Court has kicked the Peruta can down the road multiple times. Today's conference will determine the future of the 2nd Amendment. If these unelected Justices refuse to hear the case and conclude that California can legally and constitutionally prohibit open and concealed carry, it will open the floodgates for liberal jurisdictions to begin passing anti-gun measures. Even if the Court decides to hear the case, there is no guarantee that they will rule in favor of your right to defend yourself.
Either way, you need to take action now!
The Trump administration is pressuring Congress to begin moving forward on the President's agenda. That includes concealed carry reciprocity. Up until now, the bill that was front and center was being sponsored by Senator John Cornyn. However, there is now another alternative piece of legislation that, if signed, would make concealed carry legal nationwide. Yes, that includes states like New York, New Jersey, and California.
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) has introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and is actively pressuring his colleagues to sign onto the bill. He now has 192 co-sponsors, three of which are Democrats. What sets Hudson's bill apart from the Senate version is that the House version allows Americans to use out-of-state concealed carry permits in order to be able to carry a concealed weapon in their own state.
This bill would force states to honor other states' concealed carry permits. For example, New Jersey wouldn't be allowed to stop a licensed Texan from carrying a concealed weapon in their state. Gun owners would still be expected to learn and obey each state's self defense laws, but concealed carry permits - like driver's licenses - would be honored nationwide.
Hudson has also added a key provision. If you live in a state that refuses to issue you a concealed carry permit, you would have the right to seek a non-resident permit from another state, like Utah or Florida, and then use that permit to carry at home. Essentially, this legislation would put end the practice of liberal states infringing on the Second Amendment.
President Trump has promised to sign this bill into law if it reaches his desk.
With the administration looking to put legislative wins on the board, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is the perfect bill to push through.
We ultimately have two choices: either we can leave the future of the Second Amendment up to an evenly divided court of unelected Justices or we can take action right now and make concealed carry legal nationwide.
Which do you choose?
Decades from now, Patriots will look back on this moment as the moment that decided the future of self-defense rights in the United States. Either we will rise to the occasion and protect the Bill of Rights for future generations, or we will allow the Second Amendment to fall the way so many other constitutional rights have fallen at the hands of liberal activist judges. Today, a quarter of all Americans live in states that prohibit residents from defending themselves in public. This is shameful.
When my great-grandchildren or great-great grandchildren ask what I did to protect the Second Amendment, I want the answer to be "everything he possibly could."
Right now, you have the chance to enter the history books alongside all of the other American Patriots who stood in defense of the right of free people to choose their own destiny. This is an opportunity that comes just once in a lifetime. It isn't enough for 192 Congressmen to sign onto a bill. They need to fight with everything they have to push it through, and that only happens if you demand it!
Please, join us in this fight and help bombard Congress with so many FaxBlasts that they have no choice but to schedule a vote on Rep Hudson's Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act!