LUKE MESSER: Senate needs to act on concealed carry. Where is Donnelly?

Rep. Luke Messer

The House of Representatives recently passed legislation to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners across state lines. This is a crucial win to defend Hoosiers’ 2nd Amendment rights, and it’s long overdue. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which I cosponsored, would require states to recognize law-abiding gun owners’ concealed-carry permit issued by their home state. That means permit holders in Indiana wouldn’t have to worry about being arrested or fined for having their firearm with them out of state, for example, while traveling or on vacation.

This is a common-sense protection for the nearly 800,000 Hoosiers who have concealed carry permits. Hoosiers get it: law-abiding gun owners have a right to feel protected and defend themselves. This right is guaranteed by our Constitution, and it should not end at the state line.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed the House with bipartisan support, but the U.S. Senate has failed to act.

Where does our Sen. Joe Donnelly stand on this issue? Donnelly tells us he supports our 2nd Amendment rights, but on this issue, he’s been silent. Sen.Todd Young, along with 39 other senators have co-sponsored the bill in the Senate. Sen. Donnelly is not among them.

Unfortunately, this is a pattern with Sen. Donnelly. He says one thing in Indiana, but too often does the opposite in Washington. Multiple media outlets have asked Sen. Donnelly in recent weeks whether he would support this legislation, and every time he’s smiled and dodged the question.

This is the biggest piece of pro-2nd Amendment legislation to move forward in years. Not only does this bill protect the rights of law-abiding Indiana gun owners, it also makes sure our current gun laws are enforced. That’s why it’s generated bipartisan support.

If Sen. Donnelly was really a champion for Hoosiers’ 2nd Amendment rights, he would be fighting to get this common-sense bill passed in the Senate. He would be working to find bipartisan co-sponsors and build a coalition, but instead, he’s standing lockstep with his liberal leadership to obstruct President Trump’s agenda. Sen. Donnelly’s silence speaks louder than words. He’s not standing up for Hoosiers and he’s not defending our 2nd Amendment rights.

What’s worse, this is just the latest example of Sen. Donnelly and his fellow Democrats in the Senate blocking the president’s reforms. The U.S. Senate has refused to vote on more than 350 bills that have passed in the House. Too many good bills are dying in the upper chamber, and it’s way past time for action. That’s why I’m running for U.S. Senate. Hoosiers are tired of politicians who say one thing and do another. And they’re sick of nothing getting done in Washington, D.C.

If I was your senator, I’d always fight for your 2nd Amendment rights, and I’d never hide from what I believe.

Luke Messer represents Indiana’s 6th District and is a candidate for U.S. Senate