Sens. Cruz, Cornyn file Concealed-Carry Reciprocity Bill

Ill. lawmakers have until June to put a conceal carry law into place.
Ill. lawmakers have until June to put a conceal carry law into place.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2019 at 2:37 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWS RELEASE) - U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This bill 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.

“The rights protected in the Second Amendment are foundational to a free society and the preservation of individual liberty,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am proud to cosponsor this bill, which champions the rights of law-abiding gun owners and ensures those rights are protected.”

“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.”

The bill is cosponsored by Sens. 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), 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-Wisc.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), 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.).

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.

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