Earlier this month Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced a measure that would allow people with concealed carry privileges to have their permit recognized in any other state that has concealed carry laws, but some lawmakers are promising to fight the bill “tooth and nail.”
The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act proposes changes to conceal carry laws on a national level.
“This bill is a menace to New York and would allow potentially dangerous people from other states to carry concealed weapons in our grocery stores, movie theaters and stadiums, without even notifying the police,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently told the NY Daily News.
“It is a nightmare for our law enforcement officers and the community, and I will fight this legislation tooth and nail.”
Cornyn’s website says the law “would treat state-issued concealed-carry permits like drivers’ licenses, allowing law-abiding citizens with concealed carry privileges to concealed-carry in any other states that also permit it by law.”
Under the bill, gun owners would have to comply with the concealed-carry laws in any state they visit. But some critics are concerned that people who qualify for concealed carry permits in some states would be able to bring their guns into states with tougher permitting requirements.
According to KWTV, in 2013 a New Jersey State Trooper pulled over a mother of two for an unsafe lane change. During the traffic stop, the woman told the officer she had a handgun in her purse and had a permit for that gun from her home state of Pennsylvania. The mother of two wound up being taken in to custody for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
It's issues like the one in New Jersey that the measure hopes to address.
The bill is a bi-partisan measure with Joe Manchin (D-W.Va), John Thune (R-S.D.), and David Vitter (R-La.), signed on as co-sponsors.
According to The Hill, Cornyn’s bill previously came close to passing in the Democratic-controlled Senate in 2014, and may have a better chance this time around under the Republican majority.