Credit Card Bill Includes Concealed Weapons Rule

One of the most interesting items included in the just-passed credit card reform bill is the ability to carry concealed weapons in National Parks.

I love this because it is a prime example of the sort of legislative dealing and what-not that goes on. What does allowing concealed weapons in National Parks have to do with Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009? Why, nothing at all. But, like so many “fine print” and inapplicable measures that are passed every year, it is something that some group (in this case the NRA) wants to see happen. In return, the group promises that the lawmakers it influences will vote for the measure, rather than oppose it. So a credit card bill repeals a ban on weapons in National Parks.

Do I care? Not particularly. Most people with concealed weapon permits have been through classes, and are (generally) responsible with their use. But this whole thing still illustrates something about the way laws are made in this country. And sheds light on a practice that maybe should discontinue. After all, there was so much focus on the main thrust of the bill that this small addition didn't really get any attention. Think about how many laws are passed in the same way. With little attention and almost no debate.

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2 thoughts on “Credit Card Bill Includes Concealed Weapons Rule”

  1. Hi Miranda!

    “Think about how many laws are passed in the same way.”

    …the problem is I would wager that it would be impossible to come up with ANY legislation in recent history that DIDN’T pass hidden in something completely unrelated or with something completely unrelated in it!

    This piggy-backing nonsense needs to stop.


  2. You are right, John! This piggybacking is ridiculous. So much gets passed without every seeing the light of day or meaningful debate. We could save a lot of time and money — not to mention allowing citizens the tools they need to make informed decisions — by stopping this practice.

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