With the Republican Party having taken the helm of the House of Representatives during the 2022 midterm elections, there was an expectation that our nation would be seeing some quick action on some rather basic issues in the early parts of 2023…and that’s exactly what we’re getting.
It took Kevin McCarthy less than a week in charge to end proxy voting in Congress. Days later, known antisemite Ilhan Omar was removed from her post on the foreign affairs committee.
And now Senate Republicans are looking to simplify and safeguard one of the most confusing laws regarding firearms that we have.
Republican Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., today will introduce new Second Amendment reforms that would allow state-issued concealed carry permits to be recognized in other states that allow concealed carry.
The bill, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, is backed by more than 40 of their Senate colleagues, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D.
“I’m proud to support law-abiding gun owners across America with this commonsense legislation that would let them concealed carry in all states that allow it,” said Cornyn, who sits on the Senate judiciary, finance and intelligence committees.
The move is considered to be a common sense solution to the often-confusing situation that exists today in regard to reciprocity.
Currently, while all 50 states allow for concealed carry, 25 states require a permit. While some states are already engaged in reciprocity with select other states, there’s no federal allowance for reciprocity across all states that require permits.
“The constitutional right of self-defense should not disappear simply because an individual crosses state lines,” said Hagerty. “I’m pleased to join my Senate colleagues in this commonsense legislation to ensure that law-abiding Tennesseans who are permitted to carry a concealed firearm are able to exercise that right in other states, consistent with those states’ laws, without having to obtain a separate permit.”
Furthermore, the law would prevent the federal government from being involved in what is clearly a states’ rights issue, further protecting Americans from the overreaches of Washington DC.
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