Bennet, Udall on fence over gun vote

Measure would ease travel with concealed weapons

By GARY HARMON
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Both Colorado senators are undecided about a vote today on a measure that would allow holders of concealed-carry permits to travel with their firearms across state lines.

Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, both Democrats, are reviewing the measure proposed by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., according to their Washington, D.C., offices.

Both Colorado senators voted earlier this year to allow holders of concealed-carry permits to carry their weapons in national parks and monuments, as did Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

The mayors of 400 cities, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, wrote to Congress opposing the amendment to a defense-authorization bill.

Opponents said the measure could amount to an attack on states’ rights, noting that 31 states prohibit alcohol abusers from obtaining concealed-carry permits; 35 bar people convicted of certain misdemeanors from owning guns; and 31 require people to complete gun-safety programs before securing weapons permits.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said he would mount a filibuster for the vote scheduled today.


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