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GOA Addresses Congress in Favor of Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:47
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Rep. Hudson GOA BannerRep. Hudson GOA Banner Gun Owners of AmericaGun Owners of America

USA -( There has been a lot of news in the gun community recently. But one item you may have missed is the briefing that Gun Owners recently hosted for legislators and their staffs.

We are working hard on Capitol Hill to help North Carolina Republican Richard Hudson get a majority of Representatives to sign on to his concealed carry reciprocity bill, H.R. 38.

The results have been very encouraging, so far.

I spoke briefly to the congressional audience two weeks ago, emphasizing that concealed carry reciprocity will save the lives of gun owners and their families.

And I related the story of a New Hampshire concealed carrier, who was disarmed by the laws of Massachusetts.

This gun owning Army veteran was murdered while doing work in the latter state, all because he (as a law-abiding citizen) chose to leave his gun at home. You can read that story here.

Rep. Hudson then followed me at the podium to speak about H.R. 38, the concealed carry reciprocity bill.

“We are already at 146 cosponsors in just a month,” Rep. Hudson reported. “A lot of that has to do with grassroots organizations like Gun Owners of America pushing to get more cosponsors.”

Read that paragraph again.

That is the statement from a U.S. Representative who is thanking YOU for all your hard work. We at Gun Owners of America are only as powerful as the voice of our membership.

So when you “pound” on your legislators to take action, it makes a HUGE difference on Capitol Hill. That’s why I am very grateful for the action that you and others have taken in response to email alerts like this one.

Thank you for supporting the work of Gun Owners of America — which helps GOA to continue lobbying congressional offices on your behalf.

GOA introduces Shaneen Allen to Congress

After Rep. Hudson spoke, I introduced Shaneen Allen, a victim of gun control, to deliver her very compelling story to the congressional audience.

Her story highlights the very real need for nationwide concealed carry reciprocity. You may remember that Shaneen was jailed in New Jersey for merely possessing a firearm for self-defense.

A mother of two, and a concealed carry permit holder from Philadelphia, Shaneen was brand new to the “gun movement” in 2013. She had obtained her concealed carry permit after being burglarized twice.

And she thought, mistakenly, that concealed carry permits were like driver’s licenses — that she could take her legally-permitted weapon into any other state.

But sadly, she had only begun carrying her concealed firearm for a week when a New Jersey officer handcuffed her on that fateful night.

It was thanks to groups like Gun Owners of America that Shaneen Allen is a free woman today. GOA members and activists deluged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office with petitions that he give Shaneen a full pardon. And that he did in 2015.

You can view the presentations given by Rep. Hudson and Shaneen Allen here — and, again, you can read my brief testimony here.

While you are at our website, I should mention there are couple of other good resources that you can use to help educate others on concealed carry reciprocity:

How to determine if your Representative has cosponsored H.R. 38
How to Answer Common Questions on Concealed Carry Reciprocity

I hope this information helps.

Please take a moment to remind your Congressman to cosponsor H.R. 38.

Thank you for your activism.

In Liberty,

Erich Pratt
Executive Director

P.S. With your help, we have managed to get roughly 150 cosponsors on the House concealed carry reciprocity bill. Please take action and remind Rep. Christopher Smith (R) of the importance of this legislation.

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