Tuesday, January 30, 2007


For the 1000th VOLCon Post...

This little blog started on April 19, 2005, and it seems as if there should be more than 1,000 posts here (in addition to the posts on other sites such as Blogging for Bryant, the Bryson Blog, BillHobbs.com, etc.). However, the Blogger meter is saying that this is #1,000, so we'll go with that.

For my 1000th post, I thought we would come back around to a subject that has always been near and dear to my heart (as well as my former employer) - the right to keep and bear arms.

The NRA put the following alert out a few days back:



U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) recently introduced S. 388--the Senate version of H.R. 226, a national Right-to-Carry reciprocity bill that would provide national reciprocity for state carry licensees. This legislation would allow any person with a valid carry permit or license issued by a state to carry a concealed firearm in any other state if they meet certain criteria. The bill would not create a federal licensing system; it would simply require the states to recognize each other's carry permits, just as they recognize drivers' licenses.

For more information on these bills, please visit www.nraila.org/Issues/FactSheets/Read.aspx?ID=189.

Please be sure to contact your U.S. Senators and Representative and ask them to cosponsor and support S. 388 and H.R. 226! You can call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121, and your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121.


Obviously, this is long overdue. I have spoken previously with both Tennessee Senators in 2006 about the need to support such a bill. I'm a little surprised that it has come up this early in the new Democratic reign of Congress, but how S.388 and H.R.226 are handled in the Congress should be a sign of where pro-Second Amendment advocates stand at this present time.

On a similar note, I want to spread the word for readers in the local area that the Knox County Chapter of the Tennessee Firearms Association will be meeting at Bob's Mountaineer Restaurant in Seymour Tuesday evening. A pre-meeting social hour occurs from 6:00 until 7:00 (at which time you can order from the menu or eat from the buffet), with the meeting beginning at 7:00 and usually lasting about an hour.

Our speaker for this meeting is Larry Self from Bass Pro Shop in Sevierville. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF TENNESSEE FIREARMS ASSOCIATION TO ATTEND.

So come on out, eat some good grub, and spend some time with other Tennesseans who believe in the right to keep and bear arms.

MORE: If you haven't already read it, check out Professor Reynolds' New York Times op-ed from a couple of weeks ago. He writes about the kind of local government that is needed in America.

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