Senator. John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced Senate Bill 446, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, Americans with a valid concealed carry permit to conceal handgun across all state lines. The NRA and Gun Owners of America are in favor of SB 446. In January, a similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC).
“The current patchwork of state and local gun laws is confusing and can cause the most conscientious and law-abiding gun owner to run afoul of the law when they are traveling or temporarily living away from home,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, “Senator Cornyn’s legislation provides a much needed solution to a real problem for law-abiding gun owners. Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines.”
The bill has thirty one all Republican co-sponsors. Will it pass? That is anyone’s guess but with a Republican controlled House and Senate and President Trump behind the Second Amendment, it has as good of a chance it ever has. How will that affect states with Constitutional Carry? Will anti gun states such as New York and California honor the Federal law if passed, that is the part that scares me. I wonder what sort of trouble someone from NC would run into if caught in NYC with a concealed handgun and a valid permit even with this law in place.
I am hoping this passes but I also understand it would be an uphill battle in many anti gun states and a steep learning curve even if it passes.