via CT: With nearly 1.4 million new concealed carry permits being issued each year, it only makes sense that a national reciprocity law be enacted to protect law-abiding holders of CCW permits to cross freely from one state to another without worrying about breaking neighboring state’s gun laws.
Thanks to the newly GOP Senate, such a law could become a reality soon. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn will reintroduce the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act which would allow permit-holding gun owners to carry and lawfully in other states that have concealed carry laws.
Cornyn explained the much-needed law would allow the concealed carry permits to act more like a driver’s license.
“So, for example, if you have a driver’s license in Texas, you can drive in New York, in Utah and other places, subject to the laws of those states,” Cornyn said.
There are too many “gotcha” instances where otherwise law-abiding gun owners have crossed state lines and found themselves in violation of the law.
The National Review pointed out the case of Shaneen Allen — a single mother who was pulled over in New Jersey, arrested and threatened with a staggering decade in prison because her concealed carry permit wasn’t recognized in the state.
As more Americans obtain these permits, it seems like reciprocity would not only be advantageous to an already backed-up court system, but also necessary to prevent lawful citizens from being lumped into the same category as thieves, drug dealers and murderers.
While this type of bill has a much better chance of passage in the current Congress, there’s still a major roadblock — our anti-gun, anti-constitutional rights president.
If he’s willing to veto a bill like the Keystone pipeline project to keep his lefty environmentalist friends happy, it’s doubtful he’s look on this bill any more favorably.
Hopefully the GOP can figure out a way to attach the bill to legislation that the president would be forced to sign — that’s probably the only way it would ever become law under this administration.