TX Senator Cornyn Introduces National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

 

Cornyn, Senate GOP Introduce
Concealed-Carry Reciprocity Bill
WASHINGTON
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation will allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state’s laws.
“This bill focuses on two of our country’s most fundamental constitutional protections- the Second Amendment’s right of citizens to keep and bear arms and the Tenth Amendment’s right of states to make laws best-suited for their residents,”
said Sen. Cornyn. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this important legislation for law-abiding gun owners nationwide.”
Background on the Constitutional
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:
Protecting Fundamental Constitutional Rights:
-Allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while they are traveling or temporarily living away from home.
-Allows individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to conceal carry in any other states that also allow concealed carry.
-Treats state-issued concealed carry permits like drivers’ licenses where an individual can use their home-state license to drive in another state, but must abide by that other state’s speed limit or road laws.
-Respecting State Sovereignty
-Does not establish national standards for concealed carry.
-Does not provide for a national concealed carry permit.
-Does not allow a resident to circumvent their home state’s concealed carry permit laws. If under current law an individual is prohibited by federal law from carrying a firearm, they will continue to be prohibited from doing so under our bill.
-Respects state laws concerning specific types of locations in which firearms may not be carried and types of firearms which may not be carried by the visiting individual.
-Protects states’ rights by not mandating the right to concealed carry in places that do not allow the practice.
Broad Support:
Last Congress, identical legislation had 40 cosponsors. In the 113th Congress, a nearly identical amendment received 57 votes in the Senate, including 13 Democrats.
Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

 

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