Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Congress is working on a bill to make concealed carry permits valid nationwide, same as driver’s licenses. They’re calling it “reciprocity” but it’s really not. Reciprocity is what happens when states mutually agree to honor each other’s licenses. This is being imposed nationally.
Normally, I’m first in line for gun rights. I should be thrilled about this, right? I’m not. I’m a principled conservative. I believe in subsidiarity first.
The right to possess a gun is a fundamental constitutional right. The right to carry it in public is not so clear. At this point, if the several states want to honor each other’s permits to carry, they can (and many already do, if you go through the hoops when you get your Minnesota permit to carry).
But just as each state gets to decide the minimum qualifications to pass a driver’s license exam, each state sets its own concealed carry laws. What works in Montana may not work in Chicago. That’s not a problem for Congress to solve. That’s the essence of federalism.
And, of course, since it’s people traveling between states, then Congress will want to regulate it under the Interstate Commerce clause, set national standards, maintain a data-base of permitted carriers, register the serial numbers of their firearms, all administered by the non-partisan and scrupulously honest staff at the AFT or IRS or . . . .