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NRA Backs Constitutional Concealed Carry Bill

Friday, February 13, 2015

NRA Backs Constitutional Concealed Carry Bill

Bill Would Require States to Honor Other States' Concealed Carry Permits

On behalf of its five-million members, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) has announced its support for S. 498--The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015--which was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).  The legislation would respect the rights of individuals who possess concealed carry permits from their home state or who are not prohibited from carrying concealed in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry.

“The current patchwork of state and local laws is confusing for even the most conscientious and well-informed concealed carry permit holders. 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,” 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.”

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Please contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor and support S. 498, and please contact your U.S. Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor and support H.R. 923. These critically important bills need your immediate action! Click the link below or call (202) 225-3121.

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This legislation wouldn’t override state laws governing the time, place or manner of carriage or establish national standards for concealed carry.  Individual state gun laws would still be respected. Concealed carry reciprocity would simply ensure that states honor permits issued by other states, just as they do with driver’s licenses. Importantly, if under federal law a person is prohibited from carrying a firearm, they will continue to be prohibited from doing so under this bill.

“Our fundamental right to self-defense does not stop at a state's borders.  Law abiding citizens should be able to exercise this right while traveling across state lines,” continued Cox. “This is an extremely important issue to our members and we thank Senator Cornyn for leading the fight to protect our right to self-defense,” concluded Cox.

A companion bill--H.R. 923--has been introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.).

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.