Recently VA Governor McAuliffe made a deal with Republicans to restore handgun reciprocity. This is a good decision for the governor to have made; even though McAuliffe probably wasn’t doing it in the name of original constitutional intent, the concept that some states have better gun laws than others proves one thing; these restrictions in terms of a person’s right to conceal carry should be something the government, state and federal, should be out of.
I touched on this topic several months back, I discussed the issue of a man’s right to bear arms based on the views of one of our most rebellious founders, John Adams, who said:
To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, counties or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government.
This issue of reciprocity leads us to a grander issue which surpasses that of simply firearm policy, it’s the idea of state’s rights vs. individual (natural rights). As pro Tenth Amendment as I am, I personally do not believe that States should have reserved powers which surpass individuals inherent rights, whether they be the rights of self-ownership, free enterprise, or property, or self-defense, sometimes individual states go too far.
All you have to do is look to states which have a heavy Democrat presence, because believe it or not, Democrats love the Tenth Amendment just as much as conservatives when it suits their agenda. Whether it has to do with sanctuary cities, gun free zones, eminent domain, drug policy, what have you, it is vital that even at the state level, citizens must prevent the states themselves from surpassing their own state chartered constitutional authority by being active in the discussion over policy. After all, politics is always local.