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.”
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.