WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today cosponsored 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 sensible legislation is a positive step for law abiding gun owners across the country and protects the rights of individual states,” said Sen. Moran. “Americans deserve the ability to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense by concealed carrying where legally permitted. I am proud to support this legislation and look forward to taking it up on the Senate floor.”
The legislation was introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and is cosponsored by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Kennedy (R-La.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), John Thune (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).
The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:
Protects fundamental Constitutional rights by:
- Allowing law-abiding citizens to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while they are traveling or temporarily living away from home.
- Allowing individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to conceal carry in any other states that also allow concealed carry.
- Treating state-issued concealed carry permits like drivers’ licenses where an individual can use their home-state license to drive in another state, but individuals must abide by that other state’s speed limit or road laws.
Respects state sovereignty by:
- Not establishing national standards for concealed carry.
- Not providing for a national concealed carry permit.
- Not allowing 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.
- Respecting 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.
- Not mandating the right to concealed carry in places that do not allow the practice.
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