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Concealed weapons amendment disapproved

July 23, 2009 by  

Gun owners will not be allowed to cross state lines with concealed weapons as the Senate voted against this proposed amendment. The proposal was rejected by a thin margin after a 58-39 vote, with 20 Democrats registering their disapproval of the measure.

In order to pass this amendment, 60 senators would have had to vote in favor of the movement. According to USA Today, the vote was supported by mainly Republican senators with strong approval from Democrats from rural states where senators are more inclined to be pro-gun.

The amendment was strongly supported by the National Rife Association, Gun Owners of America and Senator John Thune of South Dakota.

In addition, this bill would have allowed those with a concealed weapons permit in one state to transfer the document to other states that, according to The Hill, Thume said was a "common sense" plan.

On the other hand, those against the bill, namely New York Senator Charles Schumer, were quite vocal in their dislike. He is quoted as saying that "if this had passed, it would have created havoc for law enforcement and endangered the safety of millions of New Yorkers."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19279154-ADNFCR

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