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Hagan undecided on gun vote

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan declined to tell reporters this morning how she plans to vote on a concealed weapon amendment scheduled for a vote in less than 30 minutes in the Senate.

"We’re still looking at it,” she told reporters today in her weekly conference call, reports Barb Barrett. “That’s something we’re going to be working on as soon as I hang up this phone.”

The Thune Amendment, by Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, would require states to recognize concealed weapons permits issued in other states. Individual states have varying laws on who can carry concealed weapons.

Te amendment would be added to the 2010 defense authorization bill.

More after the jump.


Debate on the Senate floor this morning has focused not only on gun owners’ rights and the safety issues of concealed weapons, but also on states’ rights.

Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat, is married to a hunter and said in her weekly conference call this morning, “I obviously support the Second Amendment.”

She pointed out that North Carolina has reciprocity with 38 other states to recognize concealed weapons permits.

“We have quite a bit of reciprocity right now,” Hagan said. “It’s certainly an amendment that might be put forward later today, so we are obviously looking at that amendment.”

Eight mayors from North Carolina published a full-page newspaper ad this morning calling on Hagan and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican, to oppose the amendment.

Burr, a hunter whose Senate office is adorned with his trophies, is a co-sponsor of the Thune amendment.

The mayors were from Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Asheville, Burlington, Clemmons and Greensville, and are part of the national group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

The Senate vote on the Thune Amendment is scheduled for noon.


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Re: Hagan undecided on gun vote

I wonder how many of Richard's "trophies" were armed when he shot them?
I bet he feels like a real MAN. He's like Ted "the nut" Nugent he only shoots things that can't shoot back, real tough.

Re: Hagan undecided on gun vote

These "mayors" exhibit their ignorance on the subject. This amendment is to protect citizens who have LEGAL handguns. Currently, even though you have the permit to carry a handgun (having jumped though all the hoops) in your resident state, it is very hard to travel from state to state; because states tend to make minor changes their laws occasionally. Every gun owner I know is also against ILLEGAL GUNS. I certainly hope Senator Hagan understands better than the mayors.

Re: Hagan undecided on gun vote

What do these mayors mean by "illegal guns"? Doesn't this protect people who actually follow the law?

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