On Monday, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced a companion bill to the National Reciprocity legislation that was introduced in the House by Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC-8) on January 3.
Gun Owners of America describes Cornyn’s bill — S. 446 — as “the near-identical” match to Hudson’s bill, indicating that both bills honor concealed carry permits and permitless carry laws. This means a concealed carry license from one state would be valid in every state, and proof of residence from a permitless carry state would serve to allow law-abiding residents of that state to carry in every state.
The NRA-ILA reports:
S. 446 would eliminate the confusing patchwork of state carry laws by allowing individuals who possess concealed carry permits from their home state or who are not prohibited from carrying concealed in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry.
President Trump voiced his support for national reciprocity early in the election cycle. On September 18, 2015, Breitbart News reported Trump’s conviction that “the right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway” and published an excerpt from a policy position paper wherein he spoke of having a concealed carry permit. Trump said, “That permit should be valid in all 50 states.”
He added, “A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.”
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