Feinstein: 'We Want Every American to Feel Comfortable Packing a Concealed Weapon?!’

By Susan Jones | October 9, 2017 | 6:22am EDT
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says Californians do not want concealed carry. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/J Majonis)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who sponsored legislation banning “assault” weapons for ten years in 1993, said on Sunday that no American should feel comfortable with concealed carry permits.

John Dickerson, host of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” asked Feinstein about the National Rifle Association’s push for Congress to pass a bill allowing national concealed-carry reciprocity.

The legislation would allow people with concealed carry permits in one state to carry their guns legally in other states that allow concealed carry.

Feinstein gave a resounding NO:

“My opinion of that bill is terrible. We want every American to feel comfortable packing a concealed weapon? Around the country? I represent 40 million Californians, and I can say without hesitation, Californians do not want concealed carry,” Feinstein said.

Feinstein said she does not believe concealed carry is protected by the Constitution.

“I am saying that the state I represent would not want any part of that, nor should any American. You just make the situation worse. You let somebody with a weapon who may do you harm get close to you. Why would you want that?” she asked.

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 on January 3.

The bill amends federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

The bill has 212 co-sponsors and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

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