D.C Personal Protection Reciprocity Act Introduced by Congressman Massie

By Dave Dolbee published on in General, Legal, News

After a high profile shooting, many fear the legislation or proposed legislation that may result. In fact, a news report just played stating lawmakers need the right to be armed to defend themselves. Since when did—simply by being elected to congress—mean their life or safety is more important yours or mine? Anyone can be a victim and has a right to self defense under the Second Amendment. Those sentiments in the previous statement are not based on my beliefs, but rather those by Congressman Thomas Massie, Chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus.

Representative Thomas MAssie

Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY)

Here is the full release:

Washington, D.C – Today, Congressman Thomas Massie, Chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, introduced H.R 2909, the D.C Personal Protection Reciprocity Act. This legislation would allow individuals with a valid concealed carry permit issued from their home state to carry their firearms in the District of Columbia.

“After the horrific shooting at the Republican Congressional Baseball practice, there will likely be calls for special privileges to protect politicians,” Congressman Massie explained. “Our reaction should instead be to protect the right of all citizens guaranteed in the Constitution: the right to self-defense. I do not want to extend a special privilege to politicians, because the right to keep and bear arms is not a privilege, it is a God-given right protected by our Constitution.”

“If not for the heroic efforts of the United States Capitol Police at the ball field yesterday, things could have been much worse. What’s always evident in these situations is this: the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

“To ensure public safety, we need to repeal laws that keep good guys from carrying guns, since not everyone has a personal police detail,” stated Congressman Massie. “The right to keep and bear arms is the common person’s first line of defense in these situations, and it should never be denied.”

Congress has the authority to legislate in this area pursuant to Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the authority to “exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever over such District as may become the Seat of the Government of the United States.”

Although Virginia extends reciprocity to concealed carry permit holders in many states, the members of Congress and accompanying staff traveled directly from D.C., and were traveling back to D.C after the practice was over. It was D.C.’s harsh gun control laws that prevented these law-abiding citizens from exercising their right to bear arms.

Original Cosponsors include Reps Trent Franks (R-AZ), Scott Perry (R-PA), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Ted Budd (R-NC), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Jody Hice (R-GA), Justin Amash (R-MI), Mo Brooks (R- AL), Alex Mooney (R-WV), Rod Blum (R-IA), Ken Buck (R-CO), Todd Rokita (R-IN), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Keith Rothfus (R-PA) David Schweikert (R-AZ), Rick Allen (R-GA), Tedd Yoho (R-FL), Randy Weber (R-TX), and Bill Posey (R-FL).

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Comments (35)

  • Big Bill

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    “(under 3’5″ almost always ok)”

    I have a machete shorter than that.

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  • Steve F

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    Liberal? Not me…

    But I have a professional license that goes bye-bye of I’m caught carrying illegally. So i carry legally.

    You want to ignore the law, it’s your business. Not a great game plan, though.

    Oh, and I’m not s gun expert, at all. But I AM a knife expert. And given the usual distances of criminal encounters, it’s much more likely knife time than gun time.

    A knife is preferable in close for a number of reasons. And I’ve carried a knife for a hell of a lot longer than I’ve carried a gun. When I fly, I put a couple in my dopp kit that meet the laws where I’m going for concealed blades (under 3’5″ almost always ok) in my checked luggage, and I have them at the other end (usually retrieved and on me as soon as I pick up my baggage). And of course, no problem driving.

    Defenseless? Hardly. Oh, and my carbon fiber cane is also a hell of a weapon.

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    • Deplorable Robert

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      As I said no offense meant. Wasn’t calling YOU a Liberal, just that you live under their thumb. Great thing knives are! Good luck

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  • Chuck

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    What about if you’re from a state that doesn’t (as if any state should or legitimately CAN) require a permit? Out of luck, or good to go?

    Reply

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