Episode 12 – Reciprocity Laws

A conceal carry permit issued in one state should be honored in another

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On to the news items:

From The Daily Star: Governor of NY seeks 1,000-foot boundary for sex offenders around schools. Gov Cuomo wants to increase restrictions of level 2 and 3 offenders to further secure neighborhoods across the state. An attorney opposed to the proposal said that it would leave some people homeless.

From Foxnews.com: Elected fire chief under attack for conviction. “That was 20 years ago,” Gilbert told the paper. “You know, the story you are telling kids is once you make mistake, you will be punished for the rest of your life. I’ve changed my life for the better. Every day I get up and try to do good.” Spartansburg Mayor who said she and the department have known about Gilbert’s status.

From WA Today.com (Western Australia): This from Down Under: Anyone found misusing the information, such as sharing it on a vigilante website, will face penalties including a maximum 10-year prison sentence. “You can’t go around running mob justice, but you can provide information that is common sense that can protect people,” Mr Guy said.
The registry in Australia is not on the Internet, open to the public. You can request records of an individual. You can’t just get the whole list about everybody.

From Katu.com: ACLU questions new OSU policy requiring students to disclose past felony convictions
The policy requires all continuing and future students to self-disclose any felony convictions and whether they’re a registered sex offender before they enroll.

A comment from Episode 11 – Residency Restrictions
Allie writes: I don’t believe looking at pictures should be considered a sex offense. I’d really like to know how anyone can sexually abuse a picture. I remember the movie Blue Lagoon. Brooke Shields was 14 at the time, They showed her naked in the movie, not to mention the little baby in the water totally naked. I guess if we watch that movie we’re all sex offenders. I was married to a 21 year old man when I was 16. My parents gave us their blessing. I guess my husband was a sex abuser.

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On to the topic of reciprocity laws.
In early December, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that is one the National Rifle Association’s highest priorities which seems to go against the interests of the voters. Each state has their own concealed carry gun laws. It is on the owner of the gun to know the laws of the state they’re traveling to, to make sure that they’re in compliance with the local laws. A state such as Maryland which has restrictions on where a person can carry would be required to follow the laws of a state like Utah, which grants permits without any safety training, even to out of state residence.

Does this go against the 10th Amendment of States Rights?
Does Congress not pay attention to if a law is constitutional or not?
Is this an overreach of the Federal Government into the laws of the states?
Core principles of federalism dictate that Congress may not force state governments to absorb the financial burden of implementing regulatory decisions made by other states, but that’s just what would happen under the NRA’s proposal.

What does this have to do w/ a podcast about the registry? When you are on the registry, when you visit another state, you have a minefield of laws that you must comply with. How many days can you be in the state before you’d have to report into the local authorities?

I’ve learned that most problems aren’t rocket science, but when they are rocket science, you should ask a rocket scientist.’ Astronaut Scott Kelley

4 thoughts on “Episode 12 – Reciprocity Laws

  1. It is nearly impossible for a traveler to find the sex offender laws of each state. They are not easy to find online, and some counties have their own laws. One particular county official told me to call to discuss their restrictions while traveling thru their region.

    • IF anyone was going to travel to another state, and would really like to know, they could contact a member of the Association For the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, (ATSA), and ask them to put the question on their listserv for someone from the state you are visiting, and you will likely get the answer.
      Not defending the crazy complex city of the issues involved from state to state, just suggesting a solution if someone really wants it.

  2. The problem is that if America returned to a constitutional justice system and stopped the public registry’s and for life branding how would they continue whipping up the mob frenzy and vigilante justice they depend on to cover the politicians misdeeds? Also how much money would American politicians loose if they no longer allowed for vigilante publishing and branding and news paper propaganda?

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