Looks like the powers that be, owned by certain a egomaniacalÂ Mayor, are nervous as hell about HR822, as can be seen in this article. It’s a really good mix of both hysteria and misinformation.Â For instance, the bill would not allow a resident of New York City to carry on a Florida license, only people who resided out of state. This won’t help people in may-issue states carry in those states.
The bill â€œeffectively prevents a state from controlling who has guns within the state, which has always been a core police power function of state government,â€ said John Donohue, a professor at Stanford Law School, who said he thinks it would be held unconstitutional. â€œIt is so ironic that it is the conservatives who are trying to push this encroachment, since they usually are very active in championing statesâ€™ rights.â€
Segregating schools used to be a core police power function too, you know. How about coming up with an argument that’s actually compelling, professor. Here’s some other interesting opinions:
While the Constitutionâ€™s commerce clause gives Congress authority to regulate commerce between the states, the reciprocity bill probably wouldnâ€™t fall within that power, said Weisberg, the law Stanford professor who serves as faculty co- director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. Nor would it fall under Congressâ€™ power to enforce such existing constitutional liberties as the right â€œto keep and bear arms,â€ he said.
That’s funny because the federal law barring felons from possessing firearms and ammunition is based on the exact same commerce power that the reciprocity bill is based on. So why is it constitutional for the federal government to prohibit possession by felons, and unconstitutional for it allow possession by the law abiding on the public streets?