Sometimes we think that nothing will ever surprise us again, and then Sen. John Cornyn turns around and proves us wrong by filing a bill so comically "Texas" that at first we thought it was a joke.
Specifically, on Thursday Cornyn filed what is described in a press release from his office as a "bipartisan Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015, which would allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that also has concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state's concealed carry laws."
We know you all must be wondering how exactly such an act -- one that would make a Texas concealed handgun license a sort of carte blanche in all other concealed handgun license states -- is being touted as "bipartisan"? Well, that's because they have exactly one Democrat -- Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia --along with Senators John Thune, of South Dakota, and David Vitter, of Louisiana, cosponsoring the bill.
The best part though is Cornyn's interpretation of what this bill means, aside from the most basic meaning, which "would treat state-issued concealed-carry permits like drivers' licenses," according to the release. But it's not just about that, according to the Cornyn interpretation of things:
"This bill strengthens two of our nation's fundamental rights - the right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and states' rights to adopt laws that are best suited for their residents. This bill is an important affirmation of the Second Amendment and has been a top priority of law-abiding gun owners in Texas for some time."
See, this is also about truth, justice and the American way.
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