My letter to Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler on this HR:
I urge you to support Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.)in moving this HR forward. This HR would be especially beneficial to persons like myself who live bordering states who issue concealed carry permits, as in my case, Oregon. As a law-abiding citizen, and as a retired Military Police Officer, I abide by state law and obtain concealed carry permits in those states that I travel through. This endeavor alone is costly and time-consuming. This brings me to what may be the “Achilles Heel” of this HR. The reason is it costly and time-consuming is the fact that each state has differing requirements governing the issuance of permits. These differing requirements are such as training, need, type of weapon allowed, just to name a few. Case in point, Washington State requirements vs Oregon; Oregon requires training and if a non-resident, must provide a statement from the Wa. State Department of Mental Health stating that you have never been committed or treated for any mental disorder, plus a letter from the applicant, justifying your need for the permit. You are fingerprinted and a picture taken and fee paid. If all is clear with the background check AND the local authority agrees with your justification, a permit is issued. Wa. State, Go to the local Law Enforcement office that issues the permits, fill out the application, get fingerprinted and pay the fee. A simple background check is done and if clear, a permit is issued. Past efforts to pass similar legislation has been unsuccessful as it was indicated that States are not willing to allow people to carry concealed when it is felt those people are not trained or proficient at a level that they as a state require their citizens to be. In this light, as much sense this legislation makes, I am afraid that unless the training concerns of each state are met, this HR will also go down in defeat. I feel that this HR is worth fighting for. I feel that it’s benefits far outweigh the detractors. In the face of defeat, I would hope, and I urge you and the crafters of this HR, to continue to work and rework this HR into legislation that would satisfy all those concerned about states requirements.
Thank you for standing up for the 2nd Amendment, and the Citizens of the 3rd District here in SW Washington.