With that dangerous rhetoric being used by a person the right have put forward as a candidate, we now have Senator John Thune from South Dakota putting forward an amendment which would severely limit any state's ability to create laws regarding concealed weapons. If Thune gets his way, states would have to recognize the conceal weapon permits of anyone's home state. In other words, someone who obtained a liscence in a state with very very low training requirements could carry a concealed weapon into a bar in large cities like Washington DC, which would put residents of those cities at risk.
Fortunately, there are a number of Senators who realize that this is a very unproductive piece of legislation and are working against it. Sen. Jeff Merkley from Oregon, for instance, had the following to say about Thune's amendment.
“I support the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms and to carry concealed weapons, but I also support Oregon’s right to decide under what circumstances concealed carry permits are issued. This amendment would have obliterated the right of Oregonians to self-governance by allowing a permit from any state – regardless of the standards under which it is issued – to substitute for an Oregon permit.I hope more and more members of the US Senate join Merkley in speaking against the amendment.
“Oregonians should decide who in Oregon can carry a weapon in public – not governors and legislatures thousands of miles away.”