National Reciprocity Bill Makes its Way to Congress
By Beth Baumann
March 4, 2017
Earlier this week, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced Senate Bill 446, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow Americans to conceal carry a firearm across state lines.
“This bill strengthens both the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and the power of states to implement laws best-suited for the folks who live there,” Cornyn said in a statement obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. “This legislation is an important affirmation of our Second Amendment rights and has been a top priority of law-abiding gun owners in Texas for a long time.”
Both the NRA and Gun Owners of America (GOA) came out in favor of SB 446.
“The current patchwork of state and local gun laws is confusing and can cause the most conscientious and law-abiding gun owner to run afoul of the law when they are traveling or temporarily living away from home,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, said in a statement. “Senator Cornyn’s legislation provides a much needed solution to a real problem for law-abiding gun owners. Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines.”
“GOA is very grateful to Sen. Cornyn for introducing legislation into the Senate that will allow citizens to protect themselves and families while traveling across the country,” Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said in a statement. “Let’s hand gun grabbers a crushing defeat. Rolling back the restrictions that have prevented gun owners from fully exercising rights protected by the Second Amendment will go a long way in saving lives.”
The bill currently has 31 co-sponsors, all of which are Republican Senators.
Back in January, a similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC).