Senator to introduce national concealed carry reciprocity bill

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Photo: Gerald Rich/Flickr (cc by 2.0)
Photo: Gerald Rich/Flickr (cc by 2.0)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) announced Saturday that he will introduce a national concealed carry reciprocity bill this week:

While Cornyn’s office has not released a statement on the issue, fellow Senate Republican Roger Wicker of Mississippi, a supporter, noted the measure “would give gun owners the freedom to use their concealed carry permits in other parts of the country, so long as the jurisdiction recognizes the permit as lawful.”

The bill would join North Carolina Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson’s H.R. 38 introduced last month in the House, which currently has 159 co-sponsors, in seeking to make concealed carry permits valid nationwide.

The bill would help to bridge the gaps between state laws that can cause those traveling while armed to be in violation of local mandates. However, it will be hard work getting the bill passed: even if Cornyn can count on every Republican in the chamber, he’d still have to pick up eight votes from across the aisle to avoid a Democratic filibuster.

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