US Senate rejects concealed guns law

July 22, 2009 2:42:28 PM PDT
Concealed weapons legislation that was denounced by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley fell short by two votes Wednesday in the US Senate. The provision allowed a gun owner with a concealed carry permit in one state to also carry and conceal the firearm in any other state. Senators supported the measure 58 to 39, but it needed 60 votes to pass.

Proponents argued that law-abiding citizens have a right to self-defense in any state.

Opponents claimed the proposal violated local rights by forcing states that ban concealed carry to allow it. Daley agreed.

"Why can't you go to the airport then with a gun? Why is it they're telling you, 'You can go to all the cities, but you can't go to any federal building?' " said Mayor Richard Daley. "Mayors have opposed this, because gun violence is being inflicted on a daily basis in America."

The mayor claimed the answer to violence in society is not more guns.


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