By Meredith Mays, Legislative Representative, IACP
n late July, the Senate rejected an amendment that would allow an individual to carry concealed firearms when visiting another state as long as the individual was entitled to carry concealed firearms pursuant to the laws of his or her home state. The measure (Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009) failed to receive the 60 votes needed for passage.
The IACP is strongly opposed to this legislation. It is the IACP’s belief that states and localities should have the right to determine who is eligible to carry firearms in their communities. It is essential that state and local governments maintain the ability to legislate concealed carry laws that best fit the needs of their communities.
The IACP applauds the Senate for defeating this dangerous and unacceptable legislation.
Sotomayor Sworn in as 111th Associate Justice
In early August, Judge Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the next Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. In early July, the IACP endorsed her nomination.
In a letter of support for Judge Sotomayor, IACP president Chief Laine wrote,
Throughout her career, Judge Sotomayor has consistently demonstrated a firm understanding of, and a deep appreciation for, the challenges and complexities confronting our Nation’s law enforcement officers. As a prosecutor, and at the District and Circuit Courts, Judge Sotomayor has clearly displayed her profound dedication to ensuring that our communities are safe and that the interests of justice are served.
The IACP believes that Judge Sotomayor’s years of experience, her expertise and her unwavering dedication to the rule of law are evidence of her outstanding qualifications to serve as the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Congress, Administration Begin Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations Work
In late February, a summary of the Administration’s budget proposal was released. The summary indicates that the full budget proposal will include funding for the hiring of 50,000 additional police officers. The summary does not provide the breakdown of the time period over which these hires will take place.
Additionally, Congress recently began work on the FY 2010 federal budget process. Both the House and the Senate have passed their budget resolutions. These are nonbinding documents that serve as a statement of Congress’s priorities in the budget process. Next, the various subcommittees of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have begun their efforts to craft the annual appropriation bills that fund the federal government.
The committee reported numbers are as follows:
- Byrne-JAG: $529 million
COPS: $802 million (including $298 million for COPS hiring)
(The House has not yet released its recommendations for homeland security funding)
- Byrne-JAG: $510
- COPS: $658
- SHSG: $950
- UASI: $887
The Budget Committee’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2010 represents the next step in the federal budget process. This nonbinding document serves as a statement of Congress’s priorities in the budget process. At the same time, the various subcommittees of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will begin their efforts to craft the annual appropriation bills that fund the federal government.
IACP staff will keep members informed of developments in the federal budget process as it develops.
Gang Legislation Introduced in Congress
Congress recently introduced two bills aimed at decreasing and preventing gang violence. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced S. 132, the Gang Abatement and Prevention Act of 2009 and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced H.R. 1064, the Youth PROMISE Act.
In recent years, incidents of gang-related crime and violence have increased at an alarming rate in communities throughout the United States. Unfortunately, law enforcement’s efforts to combat these crimes have been hindered by both a lack of resources and prosecutorial tools. While each take a different approach, both pieces of legislation seek to give the criminal justice system additional resources to combat the growing problem of gang-related crime and violence.
Both pieces of legislation are currently being considered in the Judiciary Committees of the chamber in which the bill was introduced. The IACP will keep members informed of developments with each piece