Monday, April 4, 2011

National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill Introduced In U.S. House

Last week, H.R. 822, was introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.). The measure would allow any person with a valid state-issued concealed carry permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that issues concealed firearm permits, or that does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms. A state's laws governing where concealed firearms may be carried would apply within its borders. The bill also applies to Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and U.S. territories.


H.R. 822 would not create a federal licensing system. Rather, it would require the states to recognize each others' carry permits, just as they recognize drivers' licenses and carry permits held by armored car guards. Rep. Stearns has introduced such legislation since 1995.


To read more about this legislation, please click here.

Article Taken from NRA Institute for Legislative Action


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The preceding article was taken from the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action website. I have been an NRA member for roughly 10 years now and an avid shooter for about the same. I live in New Jersey and for the last seven years have had a concealed firearm permit from the state of Florida, valid in about 35 states. Of course, it's not valid in my home state. I have carried concealed legally many times and in many states and have never had an inclination to draw my weapon or any negative encounters with law enforcement.


I am ashamed of the politics and almost all of the politicians in NJ and hate to be associated with Frank Lautenberg. For a supposed "Democrat state", I sure meet many gun lovers and gun supporters (both Dem and Rep) and wonder why we still can't garner enough support for a "Shall Issue" CCW system. We have a "May Issue" policy, but it's really a "Will Not Issue" policy. No ordinary citizen, to my knowledge, has been issued a CCW permit in the last 15-20 years.


So, as an NRA member, I want to know, what is the NRA doing for us here in New Jersey?