The "Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013" (H.R. 2959)--introduced in the U.S. House by Reps. Richard Nugent (R-Fla.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah)--would allow any person who is not prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm under federal law and who has a valid concealed firearm permit, to carry a concealed handgun in any state that issues its own residents permits to carry concealed firearms. Persons carrying a handgun in another state pursuant to H.R. 2959 would be subject to the laws of that state with respect to where concealed firearms may be carried. Similar legislation to H.R. 2959 passed the House in 2011 by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 272-154.
H.R. 2959 would not create a federal licensing system, nor authorize the federal government to interfere with the powers of the states to set standards for the issuance of carry permits, nor establish federal standards for carry permits, nor override state laws that recognized the right to carry firearms without a permit. Rather, it would simply require the states to recognize each others' carry permits, much like drivers' licenses.
Currently, H.R. 2959 has 181 cosponsors. Please click here to see if your Representative has cosponsored H.R. 2959. If your Representative is a cosponsor, please thank him or her. If your Representative is not a current cosponsor of H.R. 2959, please encourage him or her to do so should you see him or her at a town hall meeting, in a local parade or around the district during this August work period.
To read the full Fact Sheet on H.R. 2959, please click here.