Urge your representatives to vote against this anti-Liberty bill.
1. It promotes licensing carry. Rights should not be licensed.
2. It defeats federalism. Our nation is founded on the idea that divided power helps keep government from concentrating too much power in one place, making the removal of Liberties easier. Power is divided both horizontally and vertically, with the intent that most power be closest to the People and farthest from the central government.
3. If the feds define how the States must allow carry, they will have the power to define how the States may (or must) disallow it.
4. States will be motivated to further restrict what licensees may do since they will have lost control over who is licensed.
This bill is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Vote it down.
The proper fix is to ensure that everyone in every State who may legally possess a firearm may carry it in some form without a State-issued permission slip. This is best handled on a State-by-State basis, by correcting legislation. In AL, we have HB582 before the legislature that, among other things, will remove the need for a license to carry in a vehicle and remove the ban on carry at a demonstration. Once this is done, carry (specifically OC) will be possible in AL without a license.
Secondarily, the courts will be a good resource for the removing laws that prevent unlicensed carry. After McDonald, I see the natural progression of rulings moving towards all States having some form of unlicensed carry, obviating the need for any kind of reciprocity.
Federal laws may appear to be a good solution, but they are actually a consolidation of power over the right to carry by the feds.