If the bill passed and reconciled in both houses of Congress as is expected, the reciprocity bill will then head to President Obama’s desk… where the most anti-gun President in American history is likely to veto the popular legislation.
Texas Senator John Cornyn has announced the “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” today, a bill that will establish the same sort of “common sense” acceptanace of concealed carry permits that everyone in the country currently enjoys for driver’s licenses.
It would be utterly absurd to think that a drive from New York to Florida would require you to go through the process of driver’s education, a driving test, and obtaining a driver’s license for New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, but that is exactly the problem currently face by concealed carriers in the United States today.
Thanks to a bizarre patchwork of “may issue” and “shall issue” laws, and arbitrary and ever-changing reciprocity agreements between various state attorney generals, it is functionally impossible to know from month-to-month or state-to-state where a citizen with a concealed carry license can legally carry a firearm. If his or her information isn’t up to date, an otherwise law-abiding citizen could run afoul of obscene and parochial local laws, as did Shaneen Allen did when she crossed a bridge from Pennsylvania as a lawfu concealed carry permit holder, only to become a “criminal” the moment she touched New Jersey soil.
Cornyn’s bill—and several similar reciprocity bills soon to be introduced into the House of Representatives—will go a long way towards establishing safe and sane carry laws within the United States.