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house Bill H.R. 2940

Should Members of Congress be Allowed to Carry a Concealed Weapon Anywhere (With Exceptions)?

Argument in favor

Members of Congress generally don’t have security details and are targeted by people who want to kill them. They should be able to defend themselves anywhere but at the U.S. Capitol or a place where the Secret Service is protecting the president and vice president.

William's Opinion
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06/30/2017
Yes, IF they agree to wear cowboy hats during all waking hours and travel everywhere exclusively on horseback.
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Chris's Opinion
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06/30/2017
Go for it! Maybe they'll realize how insignificant their argument is when they can't protect themselves against semi-automatic machine guns by carrying a dinky little pistol. This can only help the fight against automatic weapons.
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Loraki's Opinion
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06/28/2017
ANY American should be allowed to conceal-carry unless their 2nd. Amendment right has been forfeited through due process, and not by some liberal judge who's legislating from the bench! The states shouldn't be allowed to infringe upon our Constitutional RKBA, either, except through due process! I like what Countable member Matthew C. said: "Only if they allow interstate concealed carry for everyone as well. Otherwise they are creating a protected class of specialized citizens with privileges while suppressing the rights of the average citizen."
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Argument opposed

Members of Congress shouldn’t be allowed to carry a concealed weapon as broadly as this bill allows, as it would exempt lawmakers from all state concealed carry laws. They either need armed security or should only carry concealed weapons in their home states.

BeStrong's Opinion
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06/30/2017
What is happening over the last several years with the fear mongering aimed at gun access? The congressman who was shot had 2 trained security agents with him. He was shot despite the security. Let's not cheapen the conversation and shift to a tantrum about snowflakes vs the 2nd amendment. More guns, concealed or otherwise will not solve the issues. Stop peddling fear, start talking. Resolve the divide.
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Timothy's Opinion
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06/30/2017
Giving lawmakers power to disobey laws is pretty much always a terrible idea. Congressmen shouldn't be a separate class of citizen that enjoys rights that are denied to the people. The more their rights diverge from those of the people, the more out of touch they will become to the experience of an average citizen. And the laws they write will reflect this.
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Casey's Opinion
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06/30/2017
Why special consideration for Congressman? If you are going to do that, why not Actors, or baseball players, musicians? Anyone in the public eye? We will just revert back to the Wild, Wild West only with more sophisticated weapons......if we haven't already.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJune 20th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 2940?

This bill would allow licensed members of Congress to carry a concealed weapon anywhere in America except at the U.S. Capitol or when in the presence of the president or vice president and prohibited from carrying by the Secret Service.

Impact

Members of Congress who choose to carry concealed weapons.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2940

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who survived a shooting at congressional baseball practice in which the perpetrator had a hit list with his name on it, introduced this bill to allow lawmakers to carry a concealed weapon anywhere in America except the U.S. Capitol or in the presence of the president or vice president:

“Although high-profile targets of lone wolf shooters and terrorists, Congressmen and Senators (excepting leadership) enjoy very limited to no law enforcement protection when off the Capitol Hill campus. Surprisingly, because of Washington D.C.’s restrictive gun laws, Congressmen and Senators are not allowed to carry a concealed weapon. That is why today I introduced the Congressional Self-Defense Act to allow lawmakers to conceal carry so that they are better positioned to defend themselves against lone wolf and terrorist attacks.”

This legislation has the support of four Republican cosponsors in the House.


Of Note: Rep. Brooks has also cosponsored a bill to grant reciprocity to concealed carry permit holders, effectively allowing them to carry a concealed weapon in other states in accordance with state law.

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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Lucio Eastman / Creative Commons)

AKA

Congressional Self-Defense Act

Official Title

To allow Members of Congress to carry a concealed firearm anywhere in the United States, with certain exceptions.

    Yes, IF they agree to wear cowboy hats during all waking hours and travel everywhere exclusively on horseback.
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    What is happening over the last several years with the fear mongering aimed at gun access? The congressman who was shot had 2 trained security agents with him. He was shot despite the security. Let's not cheapen the conversation and shift to a tantrum about snowflakes vs the 2nd amendment. More guns, concealed or otherwise will not solve the issues. Stop peddling fear, start talking. Resolve the divide.
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    Giving lawmakers power to disobey laws is pretty much always a terrible idea. Congressmen shouldn't be a separate class of citizen that enjoys rights that are denied to the people. The more their rights diverge from those of the people, the more out of touch they will become to the experience of an average citizen. And the laws they write will reflect this.
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    Why special consideration for Congressman? If you are going to do that, why not Actors, or baseball players, musicians? Anyone in the public eye? We will just revert back to the Wild, Wild West only with more sophisticated weapons......if we haven't already.
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    Statistically, people are killed more with their own weapon than another person's weapon. This could create a hostile environment and lead to more deaths than necessary
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    Go for it! Maybe they'll realize how insignificant their argument is when they can't protect themselves against semi-automatic machine guns by carrying a dinky little pistol. This can only help the fight against automatic weapons.
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    ANY American should be allowed to conceal-carry unless their 2nd. Amendment right has been forfeited through due process, and not by some liberal judge who's legislating from the bench! The states shouldn't be allowed to infringe upon our Constitutional RKBA, either, except through due process! I like what Countable member Matthew C. said: "Only if they allow interstate concealed carry for everyone as well. Otherwise they are creating a protected class of specialized citizens with privileges while suppressing the rights of the average citizen."
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    No, no and no. There are some members of congress who should not be allowed even sharp knives, much less guns. Besides they have Capitol Police guarding them in congress. When they are outside congress, they should take their chances just as most Americans do every day.
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    Absolutely not. Take your chances in the world like the rest of us. Consider not being cruel as an alternative to carrying a gun.
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    They are also covered by the 2nd amendment correct? So yes.
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    I feel like this is what security is for. Besides that, if they're scared of gun violence now that they've been targeted, maybe they should actually look into stricter gun laws like we've been asking for years now.
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    HECK no! You gave nuts the right to buy a gun. OWN IT!!! Own your law and live with it like we do!
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    I object to "conceal and carry" on principle. I am in favor of more gun control, not new excuses to let more people carry them. The only good thing I can imagine coming from the country's love affair with firearms is that they will kill each other off.
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    Carrying concealed weapons is generally subject to restrictions and in may jurisdictions requires training before issuance. The idea that anyone should be able to carry a weapon unrestricted is ludicrous and the term 'bear arms' as noted in the constitution was, until recently interpreted as for military purposes. There are too many people with access to firearms that either lack the training, temperament or have prior disqualifying actions already in this country.
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    What kind of insane backward banana republic are we becoming that this is even being considered!?
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    No. Recent events in Montana and Texas demonstrate that members of congressional bodies lack the self control and sense of personal responsibility for their actions necessary for gun ownership.
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    The law should apply the same to everyone.
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    I am not in favor of the broad freedom we have to carry concealed weapons. I like the British stance in the matter better. I am licensed to carry a concealed weapon , and yet I still to think an overall ban would be preferable. Why do i suggest Congressman and woman should. So they see how burdening the concept of carrying a weapon that kills. Maybe the awful deadliness of holding a weapon will make them realize a no weapon society would be so much better for all.
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    If we have elected Congresspeople bodyslamming reporters, we certainly shouldn't trust them with firearms!
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    Absolutely not. Members of Congress should follow the current laws of whatever location they're in. Being elected to Congress doesn't make one above the law. Arming Congress is not the answer to gun violence, anymore than arming 1st graders would be the answer to violence in schools. We need Congress to work on ending, or at least diminishing, gun violence, not to work on finding ways to turn our streets into shooting galleries.
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