Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn just reintroduced his long-awaited concealed carry reciprocity bill (S. 446). He originally introduced the bill in Feb 2015, but predictably, it didn’t get far under President Obama.
This is a bill that 2nd Amendment groups like the Gun Owners of America and the National Rifle Association have worked long-and-hard for — and the issue remains one of the top priorities of pro-gun groups across the country.
The Cornyn bill is the near-identical companion to Rep. Richard Hudson’s H.R. 38 — a bill that will allow you to protect yourself and your family, all across the country.
Under the Cornyn-Hudson bills, your permit to carry a concealed handgun will be recognized in any state in the union. And if you live in a Constitutional Carry state, you won’t need a permission slip at all to defend your life.
“The current patchwork of state and local gun laws is confusing and can cause the most conscientious and law-abiding gun owner to run afoul of the law when they are traveling or temporarily living away from home,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA. “Senator Cornyn’s legislation provides a much needed solution to a real problem for law-abiding gun owners.”
The text of the bill reads:
Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015
Amends the federal criminal code to authorize a person who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm under federal law, who is entitled and not prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm in his or her state of residence or who is carrying a valid state license or permit to carry a concealed weapon, and who is carrying a government-issued photographic identification document, to carry a concealed handgun (which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, other than a machine gun or destructive device) in any state in accordance with the restrictions of that state.
Provides that in a state that allows the issuing authority for licenses or permits to carry concealed firearms to impose restrictions on the carrying of firearms by individual license or permit holders, an individual carrying a concealed handgun under this Act shall be permitted to carry it according to the same terms authorized by an unrestricted license or permit issued by such state.
There is a good chance this legislation could be signed into law by President Trump.
Not surprisingly, Democrats and liberal states like New York oppose the bill. New York County D.A. Cyrus Vance, Jr. speaking at a meeting of the Women’s National Republican Club in Manhattan called any national concealed carry a “mistake.” “Our gun laws I think are a significant part in the rapid and consistent decline in violent crime in New York state and New York City,” said Vance, noting that people carrying an illegal weapon in New York now face up to three-and-a-half years behind bars. “It’s important to have gun laws.”
President Trump has consistently expressed his support of the 2nd Amendment and the time may be right for this bill to become law. Then brace yourself for the court battles.