GOP Sen. Cornyn Introduces National Reciprocity for CCW Permit Holders

concealed permit (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)
Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced the “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” to allow a concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit holder from one state to carry his or her concealed handgun into any other state.

Cornyn said this will put CCW permits in a place where “they are more or less like a driver’s license,” regarding the way they will be recognized across state lines.

On February 3, Breitbart News pointed out that CCW permits are already a federal issue inasmuch as all background checks for CCW permit holders are conducted by the FBI. This means final say on who gets a concealed carry permit is ultimately already in the federal government’s hands, not the hands of the 50 states that recognize concealed carry. So it only makes sense that CCW permits have national reciprocity, just like driver’s licenses.

According to The Hill, Cornyn’s proposal makes this point exactly. And Cornyn said the passage of his bill will “eliminate some of the ‘gotcha moments’ where people [with a CCW permit] inadvertently cross state lines with guns they are legally allowed to carry in their home state.”

Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety became suddenly concerned about states’ rights following Cornyn’s legislative proposal, with Everytown President John Feinblatt saying, “Federally imposed concealed carry laws interfere with states’ fundamental right to determine who is too dangerous to carry hidden, loaded guns in public.”

Feinblatt must have missed the part about FBI background checks for CCW permits. Otherwise, he would know the federal government is already the entity deciding “who is too dangerous to carry hidden, loaded guns in public.”

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