National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 – H.R. 822
By Joe DeBergalis (DirectAction)
Honeoye Falls, NY –(Ammoland.com)- Congressmen Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Heath Shuler (D-NC) have introduced vital legislation that will enable millions of law-abiding firearm permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states.
As many of you readers and ARFCOMMERS know, currently there are only two states that have no clear legal way for individuals to carry concealed firearms for self-defense. Thirty-nine states have “shall-issue” permit systems that make it possible for any law-abiding person to obtain a permit, while the remaining states have a discretionary permit system in place.
Since we all know that your “Right to Self-Defense” does not leave you while traveling, I hope that most of you will agree that H.R. 822 would be a major step forward in securing our ability to protect our family and loved ones.
Given that many of us have acquired firearms permits from outside our home state to allow for legal carry elsewhere in the country, we know all to well that interstate recognition of those permits is not uniform. While thankfully some states have broad recognition of reciprocity, others are more convoluted and troublesome.
H.R. 822 would solve this problem by requiring that lawfully issued permits be recognized, while protecting the ability of various states to determine the areas where carrying is prohibited. The bill would not create an onerous federal licensing system but rather would require states the ability to recognize each others’ carry permits just as they do motor vehicle drivers’ licenses and Armored Car Guards right-to-carry state-to-state.
The dedicated folks led by Chris Cox over at the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action have added over 163 co-sponsors to this House Bill thus far. However, more support is needed.
If your Congress Member is not yet a co-sponsor, please respectfully encourage him or her to support this most important piece of legislation. And always remember, if they already are a Co-Sponsor, Sponsor or have ever voted in favor of Pro-Gun legislation. Make sure to “Thank” them for their leadership on our issue.
- More information on this issue can be found via www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=6573.
- To see if your Congress Member is already a Co-Sponsor, please review: www.thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d112:822:./list/bss/d112HR.lst:@@@P
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