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Messer: U.S. Senate needs to act on Concealed Carry legislation

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017) — Luke Messer is urging the U.S. Senate to vote on legislation recently passed by the House of Representatives that would ensure the rights of law-abiding gun owners are protected across state lines.

Under the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act – which Messer cosponsored – if a law-abiding person has a concealed carry permit in one state, they may carry their gun in any other state with a similar law.

The bill passed the House with bipartisan support, but the Senate has failed to act. The Senate’s own version was introduced 10 months ago, and no action has been taken.

“This common-sense, bipartisan legislation to protect Hoosiers’ 2nd Amendment rights is the latest bill to be stalled in the broken U.S. Senate,” Messer said. “The Senate has failed to act on more than 350 bills passed by the House this Congress. Too many good bills are dying in the Senate, and it’s long past time for action.”

Messer is also calling on Senator Joe Donnelly to announce his support for the bill and help get it heard in the Senate. Last week, Messer challenged Donnelly over his silence on this issue, despite his claim to support the 2nd Amendment.

Senator Donnelly has smiled and ducked the question by multiple media outlets.

“Senator Donnelly tells Hoosiers that he supports the 2nd Amendment while he’s in Indiana, but back in Washington he tries to have it both ways,” Messer said. “His silence speaks louder than words. Senator Donnelly is not standing up for Hoosiers and he’s not defending our 2nd Amendment rights.”

“I’ll always defend the 2nd Amendment, and I’ll never hide from what I believe,” Messer said.