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Stop legislators’ elitist plan to arm themselves

They get gun rights -- you don’t

Congress has so far refused to move a bill, HR 38, which would end the civil-rights ban on honest citizens carrying firearms nationwide. It was introduced soon after president Trump was elected (January 3, 2017, assigned to the House Judiciary committee Jan. 12, no further action).

The bill would lift the controversial and apparently unconstitutional restrictions on legally carrying firearms outside a person’s home state. It would apply to anyone who can legally possess firearms under federal law and their home state’s law, including legislators and the general public, with conditions. Among the generally favorable conditions (, Constitutional Carry would be recognized. One congressman is suggesting a new approach.

Now Congress may consider a different fast-track bill instead, H.R. 2940, proposed by representative Mo Brooks, (R-Ala.) that would grant legislators power to carry firearms nationwide and exclude the public. The bill has been described in the media but Rep. Brooks’ office notes the bill has not been publicly posted yet. Media reports are notoriously inaccurate when describing gun legislation.

The likelihood of finding enough political capital for passing two similar firearms-carry bills is vanishingly small, experts say. The reasoning behind the new bill, according to Brooks on TV, is that elected congressional officials are at risk of attack and need to be armed. But members of Congress are statistically quite safe, when compared to the 30,000 American citizens who are murdered every year. Why the congressman believes there is a risk difference is unclear. Online reactions to the proposal have been vitriolic and called elitist.

Jesse Watters, who interviewed Brooks on the FOX News network, failed to ask him about the apparent lack of equal treatment under the law, if legislators get special exclusions from the bans that deny rights to the rest of Americans.

Watters instead praised the idea live on TV, and promised to follow its progress. There was no mention of the existing bill which would accomplish the same purpose, and empower the entire nation for defense against crime, or against the jihad currently being waged here and abroad. Brooks told Watters, “I wouldn’t have to worry about what the laws are,” a statement infuriating to gun-rights advocates. When asked in an informal survey, one high-profile political respondent who refused to be identified, replied, “It’s one of the things the British did that ignited the Revolution.”

The Freedom to Carry Bill, HR 38,  is described here:


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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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