There has been a lot of buzz in Congress lately over whether or not any state that allows Carry Permits should recognize the same permit drawn on another, or neighboring state. This type of legislation has been an on-going dilemma in this country due to the fact that the Federal Government has always let individual states decide recognition of Gun Possession laws carried by travelers from other states.Gun Permit Reciprocation by all states only makes sense.
There is a current proposal before Congress called “H.R.822, or the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011″. And rather than outline the details of the proposal, we decided to offer a link so that all members and guests of GRFA can see it in detail……….(http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h822/show) We felt it important to note that a lifelong Republican from Florida by the name of “Clifford Stearns” is the primary sponsor of this proposed legislation. Below is the official Summary outlining the details of this proposal:
11/16/2011–Passed House amended. National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 – Amends the federal criminal code to authorize a person who is carrying a valid, government-issued identification document containing that person’s photograph and a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state, and who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm under federal law, to possess or carry a concealed handgun (other than a machine gun or destructive device) in another state in accordance with the restrictions of that state. Directs the Comptroller General to conduct an audit of:
(1) state laws and regulations that authorize the issuance of a concealed firearm permit or license to a nonresident, including a description of the permitting or licensing requirements;
(2) the number of such valid permits or licenses issued or denied (and the basis for such denials) to nonresidents by each state; and
(3) the effectiveness of such state laws and regulations in protecting the public safety. Directs the Comptroller General to conduct a study of the ability of state and local law enforcement authorities to verify the validity of concealed firearm licenses or permits issued by other states.
Why is GRFA reporting all of this data to you? Although most of you may not travel outside your home state while carrying, statistically you are much more likely to encounter a hostile person while away from home. Of course this doesn’t mean we defend ourselves with a firearm in most cases involving a stranger while out of town, but it does mean we should have the right to do so should the unfortunate situation occur. There are reports all the time of people being shot on the road over something as stupid as “road-rage”. While we’re all guilty of Road-Rage of some sort while on the road, it doesn’t mean we convert that situation in to one of life or death. After all, it’s Road-Rage for crying out loud. The fact of the matter is, if someone’s willing to shoot at you over Road-Rage, chances are they’re not carrying their weapon legally anyway.
So what will this legislation mean for the average American anyway? Well the biggest benefit will be that we can carry across state lines without having to worry about states we’re travelling through, and or to, honoring our carry permit issued by our home state. It only makes sense to allow law abiding citizens who are allowed to carry, to carry in other states as well. Since when does a criminal consider such law? Oh, that’s right, they Don’t! So it goes without saying that this legislation should not only be a deterrent to criminals, but also to those who “snap” at the most inopportune time. Our forefathers did not intend for there to be a separation of Federal and State Law on this matter. So it only make sense to honor our forefathers by passing this legislation now. Gun Permit Reciprocation by State should not only be allowed, it should be promoted! God Bless the United States of America!