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Pinedale Online > News > November 2011 > Lummis applauds House passage of National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act
Lummis applauds House passage of National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act
by U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis
November 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), a member of the Second Amendment Task Force, applauded House passage of H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, which would require states allowing concealed carry to recognize each others' lawfully-issued concealed firearm permits. Lummis released the following statement:

"The U.S. Constitution guarantees law-abiding American citizens the right to keep and bear arms, regardless of where they make their home. However, laws differ in many states, creating a patchwork of compliance for law-abiding citizens with concealed firearm permits. This important legislation will require concealed-carry states to honor out-of-state firearm permits and is welcome news for Wyoming firearm owners who travel out of state and deal with inconsistent laws. House passage of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 strengthens our fundamental Second Amendment rights. This legislation is a victory for law-abiding citizens."

Background:

H.R. 822 simply requires that concealed carry states honor permits from other concealed carry states.

H.R. 822 does NOT federalize concealed carry laws or lay the groundwork for more federal gun regulation.

H.R. 822 does not require any new federal regulations for its implementation.

State laws would still govern the issuance of concealed weapon permits.

Forty states have right-to-carry laws.

 Thirty-six have "shall issue" permit laws (including Alaska, which also allows carrying without a permit),
 Three have fairly administered "discretionary issue" permit laws, Vermont allows carrying without a permit. (Eight states have restrictive discretionary issue laws.)

Most right-to-carry states have adopted their laws in the last decade.


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