Open Letter to Senator Feinstein about S.388

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.

5 thoughts on “Open Letter to Senator Feinstein about S.388”

  1. Hold on….. You mean while Mayor Feinstein was trying to outlaw ALL hanguns in San Francisco (long time ago) she was actually packing a concealed firearm?

    Um, hypocrite……. Feinstein and her billionaire husband deserve one and I don’t because??????

  2. Not only did she have a CCW permit, but she was more than slightly embarrassed (OK, maybe she wasn’t if she’s thick-skinned) when her S&W revolver fell out of her purse at a Democratic fundraising event some years back. There’s a letter (or article?) somewhere on the web where she defends her right to a permit on the grounds that she was in a threatening situation at some point in her life, and it might happen again (hello, this doesn’t apply to ordinary people too?)

  3. I found the statement I was thinking about.

    “Because less than twenty years ago I was the target of a terrorist group. It was the New World Liberation Front. They blew up power stations and put a bomb at my home when my husband was dying of cancer. And the bomb didn’t detonate. … I was very lucky. But, I thought of what might have happened. Later the same group shot out all the windows of my home” “And, I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I’d walk to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon. I made the determination that if somebody was going to try to take me out, I was going to take them with me.”

    -U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat from California

  4. Thank you, Sean.

    I read this blog every day and although we both have very different political views, we are in perfect agreement on this one.

    I’ll be sure to mention this in my blog postings.

    Again, many thanks for your support.

  5. Thanks, the funny thing is that this issue cuts across political lines and has supporters on the right and left. In fact modernd day CCW reform was pioneered by a democrat, yet people who aren’t informed assume that anything related to guns could only be republican sponsored. This idea has taken hold in 40 states in the last 20 years because it appeals to anyone with a senses of fairness and respect for the constitutions promise of equal protection.

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