Under new legislation introduced in the Senate gun owners would be allowed to carry concealed weapons around the country.
According to The Hill, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit in their home state to bring their firearms in any other state with concealed-carry laws.
“This operates more or less like a driver’s license,” Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the second-ranking Republican in the upper chamber, told The Hill. “So, for example, if you have a driver’s license in Texas, you can drive in New York, in Utah and other places, subject to the laws of those states.”
Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said this would “eliminate some of the ‘gotcha moments,’ where people inadvertently cross state lines” with guns they are legally allowed to carry in their home state.
The nation’s largest gun rights group cheered the legislation, saying it would “respect the rights” of gun owners, The Guardian reported.
“The current patchwork of state and local laws is confusing for even the most conscientious and well-informed concealed carry permit holders,” Chris W Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, the group’s lobbying branch, said in a statement.
“This confusion often leads to law-abiding gun owners running afoul of the law when they exercise their right to self-protection while traveling or temporarily living away from home. Senator Cornyn’s legislation provides a much needed solution to a real problem for law-abiding gun owners.”
Opponents argue that such a law would inevitably trample stricter state or local laws when permit holders cross state lines. In the US, states regulate how citizens may carry concealed weapons. There is currently no federal law governing this practice.
Under the proposed bill, a state would, be required to honor permits issued by other states. And under the bill, those barred under federal law from owning a gun would still be prohibited.
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