Another National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act is Introduced to the U.S. Senate

Another national Right-to-Carry reciprocity bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Similar to Senate Bill 2188, introduced last week by Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Joe Machin II (D-W. Va.), the new Senate Bill 2133, introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) on March 20, 2012, would authorize concealed carry permit holders to carry a handgun in any state that issues a permit.

The NRA has expressed strong support for the new bill:

“Congress should recognize that the right to self-defense does not end at state lines,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. “The NRA has been successfully advocating in favor of strong Right-to-Carry laws for the past 25 years. We take a backseat to no one when it comes to the right of law-abiding Americans to carry concealed handguns for self-defense.” 

None of the proposed reciprocity bills would affect state laws. Existing state laws that affect where a firearm may be carried would remain the governing legislation within individual state’s borders. 

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