On Metblogs LA: An Open Letter to Senator Feinstein about S.388
Over on Metblogs LA, Sean Bonner posts an open letter to Senator Feinstein asking her support for a bill before the Senate to make a CCW license valid in all 50 states. Sean has many good points, and I want to add that I am someone who is close to an openly trans woman in politics, and she has routinely received death threats for the years I have known her, and sometimes has strangers threaten her near her house. She would be first in line for a CCW, as would I. I’ve reposted Sean’s text with permission, below:
“I’ve written before, perhaps exhaustively, about the state of CCW laws here in California, but also specifically in LA. The issue that stands above all others here is fairness, and I’m never going to shut up about a situation where one group of people are extended rights that others are denied based on nothing but their street address. There is a senate bill called S.388 being proposed right now which would make a CCW license similar to a Drivers license – pass the requirements for it in one state and it’s valid in all 50 others. (There is a similar bill before the house) Since 39 states apply fair “shall issue” policies to CCWs, this is actually something that makes sense to most of the country. And why shouldn’t it? (…)
A set of requirements that you either meet or don’t is is far more fair then one guy decided if he thinks you should have the same rights his friends do. Naturally I support this bill, and as a resident of California the best thing I can do is write to my Senators and ask them to support it as well. I was talking with a friend of mine about this, and since Senator Feinstein used to have a CCW herself we thought she would be the perfect person to get behind this bill. Here’s the letter my friend wrote to her, asking her for her support, text of it after the jump…
Dear Senator Feinstein,
I am writing to urge you to sign on as a co-sponsor of S.388, “A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a national standard in accordance with which nonresidents of a State may carry concealed firearms in the State.”
This bill would make any state CCW valid in any other state, just like drivers licenses are today. It’s a great bill, and I know it will appeal to you personally.
You personally had a California-issued CCW for quite a few years, so you know the comfort and safety that a CCW brings. After you let your CCW lapse you got a special Federal status which allows you to carry in every state and in Washington DC, so you know the convenience of being able to carry everywhere without having to worry about the differences of state laws or figuring out the tangle of state reciprocity policies. This bill extends the same safety and convenience that you have enjoyed to the rest of the citizens of California and the US, so it is a natural for you to join fellow Democrats in co-sponsoring this bill. I would also urge you to put pressure on the various committee chairs to get this bill out of committee and to the floor for a vote.
Once again, the main reason for you to support this is that it will extend to the rest of us a situation you have personally been enjoying for years now, so it would make sense to everyone for you to sign on as a co-sponsor. I look forward to your written response to this issue of fairness and a confirmation that you believe that the rest of the citizens of the US should enjoy the same freedoms and safety you enjoy, or else a detailed explanation of why you should have these protections but your constituents should not.
I’ll keep you posted on the reply he gets to this note. Should be interesting either way.