The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) has taken on what some in the gun rights community might consider an exercise in futility: Sending a letter to Joe Biden urging him to support concealed carry reciprocity.
Biden is a career anti-gunner from Delaware who professed at one point to being a skeet shooter. However, over the years he has supported virtually every gun control measure to come along on Capitol Hill.
According to USCCA, the letter to Biden “has gathered roughly 100,000 signatures from Americans in support of national concealed carry reciprocity.” USCCA President Tim Schmidt is urging Biden “to consider a new path on ‘commonsense gun law reforms’ with the goal of keeping Americans safe by ensuring they can protect their families and loved ones at all times.”
“If you are truly interested in advocating for commonsense gun law reforms that are grounded in reality rather than anti-gun political ideology,” Schmidt wrote in his letter, “we urge you to consider a new path with the goal of keeping Americans safe by ensuring they can protect their families and loved ones at all times…. National concealed carry reciprocity — not higher taxes or more stringent regulations on already responsible gun owners, and certainly not removing the means by which those responsible gun owners can defend themselves and their loved ones — is a truly ‘commonsense’ reform that will help more Americans keep their families safe. We urge you to support it.”
USCCA has more than 550,000 members nationwide, the group said in a news release.
But Biden has a well-publicized agenda that hardly suggests he is interested in promoting concealed carry across state lines. Instead, Biden wants to license all gun owners before they can purchase a firearm, require background checks on all transactions, limit purchases to one gun per month, ban so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines,” close alleged “loopholes” in existing gun control laws and regulate modern semi-auto sporting rifles like machine guns.
According to Politico, Biden is now considering a number of executive actions regarding guns as he slowly starts moving on his promised gun control agenda. One move would require buyers of so-called “ghost guns”—firearms built by home gunsmiths that lack serial numbers, to go through background checks.
Politico further reported that “The White House has held several meetings on gun violence with prominent groups pushing for gun restrictions, community-based groups asking for billions of dollars in program funding and survivors of gun violence.”
He apparently has not invited any gun rights organizations to such meetings, which are reportedly led by Susan Rice, director of the Domestic Policy Council, and Cedric Richmond, director of the Office of Public Engagement.
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