WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Bill
Hagerty (R-TN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), along with
several of their Senate GOP colleagues, today introduced the Constitutional
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation will allow individuals
with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in
any other state with concealed carry laws, while still abiding by that state’s
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.”
Tennesseans who are permitted to carry a firearm should be able to exercise
that constitutional right in other states, consistent with those state’s laws,
without having to obtain a separate permit,” said Sen. Hagerty. “The constitutional right of
self-defense should not disappear while traveling or temporarily living away
from home, which is why I’ve joined Senator John Cornyn in introducing this
legislation that respects constitutional rights and individual state laws while
eliminating unnecessary bureaucracy.”
reduces confusion and legal inconsistencies for responsible gun owners when
they travel outside of their home state, while also respecting states’ rights
to set their own laws. I’m happy to again support this bill,” said Sen. Grassley.
Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is common-sense legislation that
protects law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense and to keep and bear arms
when traveling between states that allow concealed carry,” said Sen. Inhofe. “I am glad to join
Sen. Cornyn in introducing this bill and I look forward to working with my
colleagues to advance this proposal through the Senate.”
The legislation is
cosponsored by U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), John Thune (R-SD), Joni
Ernst (R-IA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Shelley Moore Capito
(R-WV), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Josh Hawley
(R-MO), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), John Barrasso (R-WY),
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Cynthia
Lummis (R-WY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Rick Scott (R-FL),
James Risch (R-ID), Mike Braun (R-IN), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Roger Wicker (R-MS),
Steve Daines (R-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), and John Boozman (R-AR).
the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:
Fundamental Constitutional Rights:
law-abiding citizens to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while
they are traveling or temporarily living away from home.
individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to conceal
carry in any other states that also allow concealed carry.
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.
not establish national standards for concealed carry.
not provide for a national concealed carry permit.
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
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
states’ rights by not mandating the right to concealed carry in places that do
not allow the practice.