Piers Morgan pro-tip: NRA is really an assassin society for promoting concealed-carry reciprocity, or something
posted at 1:11 pm on April 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey
Come on, admit it — you miss having this kind of brilliance on television every weeknight, right? Piers Morgan celebrates the NRA’s Annual Meetings and their new push to provide clarity on interstate use of concealed-carry permits by employing a little character assassination:
Assassins? Morgan’s perspective didn’t improve much with time, either:
The @NRA is now in paid collusion with gun manufacturers to arm every single American. Somebody, surely, has to stand up and stop them?
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 25, 2014
Hey, it’s not like a government is forcing everyone within its borders to buy a product from multibillion-dollar corporations, y’know. How did Morgan feel about ObamaCare, anyway? Americans can choose whether to buy firearms or not — which is exactly the liberty that the NRA wants to preserve. As far as being an assassin’s guild, the actual issue is just coordinating reciprocity so that those licensed to carry concealed firearms can travel to other states without inadvertently breaking laws:
With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association’s focus at this week’s annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country.
The nation’s largest gun-rights group, which officially opens its meeting of about 70,000 people Friday in Indianapolis, wants Congress to require that concealed weapons permits issued in one state be recognized everywhere, even when the local requirements differ. Advocates say the effort would eliminate a patchwork of state-specific regulations that lead to carriers unwittingly violating the law when traveling.
“Right now it takes some legal research to find out where you are or are not legal depending on where you are,” said Guy Relford, an attorney who has sued communities for violating an Indiana law that bars local gun regulation. “I don’t think that’s right.”
The existence of these laws already requires some coordination now. Mostly, it requires anyone taking a weapon over a state line to do a lot of footwork beforehand, sometimes overcoming nearly-insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles. It has nothing to do with the sale of weapons, and in this case the owners have already passed background checks and some level of weapons training. The millions of carry permit holders — myself among them — do not plan on going on ninja missions any time soon, Piers Morgan’s paranoid fantasies notwithstanding.
The NRA, so far, doesn’t seem to be noticing Piers Morgan’s latest meltdown. (Perhaps they might want to use this to start selling ninja gear at their Annual Meetings this weekend.) However, the NRA has a response to Michael Bloomberg’s pledge to spend $50 million of his own money against gun ownership with a campaign of their own. They may not have a multi-billionaire spending millions to buy a “grassroots” network, but they have millions of people willing to part with $25 to match him. Hot Air has the exclusive first look at the NRA’s new campaign: