Senate Republicans introduced new legislation surrounding the polarizing issue of firearms on Thursday. The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is designed to allow concealed carry permit holders to travel across state lines with their firearms.
The legislation would give concealed carry permit holders the freedom to take their firearms with them almost anywhere they travel in the United States.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) described the functions of the potential law to The Hill:
“This operates more or less like a driver’s license. So, for example, if you have a driver’s license in Texas, you can drive in New York, in Utah and other places, subject to the laws of those states.”
Cornyn emphasized that the bill, should it become law, would help to curb some of the “gotcha moments” where people accidentally cross state lines while in possession of their personal firearms.
But not everyone is pleased with the introduction of a bill that would simplify the firearm-carrying process. John Feinblatt, President of the gun control advocacy group, “Everytown for Gun Safety,” opposes the bill:
“Federally-imposed concealed carry laws interfere with states’ fundamental right to determine who is too dangerous to carry hidden, loaded guns in public.”
The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act stands a high likelihood of passing in the newly Republican-controlled Senate, especially after the Democratic-controlled Senate in 2013 failed to pass its own firearms legislation, which attempted to impose stricter restrictions on gun rights.