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Senate Proceeding on Jul 22nd, 2009 :: 1:20:30 to 1:32:00
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Dianne Feinstein

1:20:22 to 1:20:43( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: i ask each of my speakers to to abbreviate their time in the i yield bac to my colleague from california, senator feinstein. mrs. feinstein: i tries spheek in opposition to this amendment. if passed, this amendment would require states like mine,

Dianne Feinstein

1:20:30 to 1:32:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein

1:20:44 to 1:21:06( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: california, to allow people with concealed weapon permits from other states to carry a concealed gun or guns, even if they fail to meet california's stringent requirements for obtaing a permit. we heard the senator from south dakota say that 5 m across this nation have concealed weapons permits.

Dianne Feinstein

1:21:07 to 1:21:28( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: we counted 25 states and came to but let's say 4 million or 5 million do hold concealed weapon permits in the united states. so this is no minor shift in policy. it in fact would be a sweeping change, and i think with some deadly consequences. i believe this is a grave threat to public safety.

Dianne Feinstein

1:21:29 to 1:21:49( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: i do not believe it enhances public safety. and i believe it completely undermines government t protect public safety. this amendment essentially overturns the standards and regulations that many states have enacted to prevent concealed weapons from falling

Dianne Feinstein

1:21:50 to 1:22:10( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: into the wrong hands. this is not a philosophical debate. it is a matter of life and death. my home state, california, sets a very hh bar for those who wish to obtain a concealed weapon permit. it does not honor permits granted elsewhere.

Dianne Feinstein

1:22:11 to 1:22:32( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: in fact, only 40,000 permits have been granted in california. we have 38.2 million people. contrast this with florida, a state of about half that number -- 18 million people 580,000 permits.

Dianne Feinstein

1:22:33 to 1:22:53( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and georgia has 300 permits. california, the most populous state, has but 40,000. california's strict rules ensure that felons, theentally ill, and people who have been convicted of certain misdemeanor offenses are considered a threoffenses or are considered a threat it others are

Dianne Feinstein

1:22:54 to 1:23:15( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: automatically disqualified. those who do meet the qualifications, do not automatically receive a permit. in order weapon permit in california, an applicant must, (1) undergo fingerprinting, pass through a federal background check, (2) complete a course of gun training, (3) be considered a

Dianne Feinstein

1:23:16 to 1:23:37( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: person of good, moral character by the lal sheriff, and just as good cause for needing a concealed weapon permit. this gives local authorities the discretion to decide who should obtain a concealed weapon this amendment will force

Dianne Feinstein

1:23:38 to 1:23:58( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: california to honor permits issued by all other states, including those which allow minors, convicted criminals, and people with no firearm safety training to carry concealed weapons. only the time and place requirements of a state would remain intact under the thune

Dianne Feinstein

1:23:59 to 1:24:19( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: amendment, and by this i mean that if the state of south carolina had a provision that you couldn't carry a weapon into an office building that was government-owned, that would remain in the state to which the gun or guns was then carried. this isn't just bad policy; it's

Dianne Feinstein

1:24:20 to 1:24:40( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: extremely dangerous policy. the thune amendment is designed to undermine the rights of states to determine their own rules and r concealed weapons permits. here we have people who believe in comes to something they really want are willing to pounce on

Dianne Feinstein

1:24:41 to 1:25:06( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: states' rights and destroy them. california standards, i admit, are tougher than m but many other deny concealed weapon permits 18 states probit abusers from obtaining concealed carry permits. 24 states

Dianne Feinstein

1:25:12 to 1:25:33( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: convicted of dism disdid h 19 states require completion of gun safety programs, the thune amendment obliterates these public safety standards. it's important to note that eight states concealed weapon permits carried in any other state.

Dianne Feinstein

1:25:34 to 1:25:55( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: another 29 states recognize permits issued by states with similar or equivalent concealed weapon permit standards. but california, choose not to recognize any out-of-state permits. these states have made a choice about what's best for their

Dianne Feinstein

1:25:56 to 1:26:19( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: citizens, and that choice ought to be respected. this amendment s views of california's sheriffs, police, governor, and people don't matter. but the views of promote guns do matter. i cannot accept that. if this amendment were to pass,

Dianne Feinstein

1:26:20 to 1:26:40( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: with concealed weapon permits to bring one or more assault weapons into our state, which has an assault weapons ban. we've consulted with the congressional research service, and here's what they say about this, and i quote, "the amendment would appear to

Dianne Feinstein

1:26:41 to 1:27:02( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: preemptive reciprocity laws or regulations because it would appear to require more stringent eligibility requirements for concealed carry to recognize t permits of other states where the eligibility requirements are less stringent." this is a direct quote.

Dianne Feinstein

1:27:03 to 1:27:23( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and it continues, "it could be argued that the language of this amendment is broad enough, such firearms that are banned from purchase or possession in state to state. for example, one could legally

Dianne Feinstein

1:27:24 to 1:27:44( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: purchase, possess, and carry a concealed permit for a firearm that is banned in states like california, massachusetts, new jersey, and new york." en quote. that's not my state. that's the c.r.s. statement.

Dianne Feinstein

1:27:45 to 1:28:07( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: so, it places in jeopardy states' assault weapons control legislation. i don't know whether that was intended or not, but thiss a very broad piece that is being passed. and what it means is that the amendment is so vague that -- by

Dianne Feinstein

1:28:08 to 1:28:28( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: its interpretation -- it supersedes states' assault weapons bans. and i believe assault weapons will be brought into california, should this legislation pass, and particularly those states of which california is one are border states, where we see the

Dianne Feinstein

1:28:29 to 1:28:49( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: movement of guns back and forth -- well, mainly down to mexico. this conduit guns down to that country. now, some say -- and we've heard it here this morning and in other places -- an armed society is a polite society. anthey portray concealed

Dianne Feinstein

1:28:50 to 1:29:11( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: weapons carriers as citizens who are simply exercising their rights. earlier this morning on tv i heard a senator say that only good, responsible people have these permits. that simply is not true. let me give you an example.

Dianne Feinstein

1:29:12 to 1:29:32( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: in april, this man, richard poplawski, killed three pittsburgh police officers. he had the right to carry a concealed firearm in pennsylvania. despite having been discharged from the marine corps during basic traing. he was also subject to a protection-from-abuse order

Dianne Feinstein

1:29:33 to 1:29:54( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: filed by an ex-girlfriend. he police officers. he was a concealed permitee. in march, michael mclondon killed 11 people including the wife of a deputy sheriff before taking his own life following a

Dianne Feinstein

1:29:55 to 1:30:15( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: gun alabama where he had a concealed weapons permit. this is his picture, he killed ten people in rural alabama including his mother and five family members. he was a concealed weapon permittee. so when i hear people on

Dianne Feinstein

1:30:16 to 1:30:36( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: television saying only the goo people get these permits, that is simply not true. in my should never to own any weapon for any reason and, of course, in february of

Dianne Feinstein

1:30:37 to 1:30:57( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: this year, frank garcia killed four people in a shooting rampage in upstate new york. he held a concealed weapons permit in that state. i think these tragedies and as i understand it, 26 people have been killed this year by people

Dianne Feinstein

1:30:58 to 1:31:19( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: who carry concealed weapons. we don't want other states' concealed weapons permittees in the state of california. we have 38 million it's a diverse, disparate population. guns did not help. i believe it'sw? unlikely these

Dianne Feinstein

1:31:20 to 1:31:41( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: men would have obtained concealed weapons permits in my state. and candidly, we want to coop i mr. president, i would like to submit for the record a letter from the governor of our state, arnold schwarzenegger, who opposed with 400 united states mayors and the international police

Dianne Feinstein

1:31:42 to 1:32:04( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: chiefs association, as well. i believe reckless. i believe it is irresponsible. i believe it will lead to more weapons and more violence in the streets of our nation. and, mr. president, i hope and pray this body will turn down this thank you, mr. president.

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