The TRUTH About H.R. 822 The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011

The TRUTH About H.R. 822 The “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011”

National Rifle Association
National Rifle Association

FAIRFAX, Va. –-( There's been a lot of misguided, unfounded, and just plain incorrect information circulating on the Internet lately regarding H.R. 822 — the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.”

Most of the false characterizations typically come from the anti-gun groups and media. But more and more, a small cadre of self-described “pro-gun” groups continually sound false alarms and “stir the pot” in an effort to be noticed. (And to raise money, of course.)

These repeat offenders peddle mischaracterizations as the gospel, and dilute the good work being done to protect the Second Amendment by legitimate groups.

Some of the misinformation borders on ridiculous. One group circulated an email this week (Thursday, October 20) warning readers that, “H.R. 822 could be taken up for a vote as early as tomorrow morning.” What the author failed to realize is that “tomorrow morning,” (Friday, October 21) was a day the U.S. House was not even in session! Not very confidence-inspiring.

The same group claimed H.R. 822 would include anti-gun amendments that would, in turn, create “disastrous federally mandated infringements on our rights.”

But, as we reported last week, the House Judiciary has already considered amendments to H.R. 822, and all anti-gun amendments offered that would weaken or gut the legislation were defeated.

The group even decries a “review” process that they claim will provide “a perfect opportunity for more changes.” In reality, this review has nothing to do with adding anti-gun amendments. The amendment only requires a study of the law's effects, which would take place after the law takes effect.

For the record:

  • H.R. 822 is a GOOD bill and is GOOD for gun owners.
  • H.R. 822 ENHANCES Americans' right to self-defense by enabling millions of permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states.

There is currently only one remaining state (Illinois) that has no clear legal way for individuals to carry concealed firearms for self-defense outside the home. H.R. 822 would require states to recognize each others' lawfully issued carry permits, just as they recognize driver's licenses and carry permits held by armored car guards.

H.R. 822 DOES NOT:

  • Create a federal licensing or registration system;
  • Establish a minimum federal standard for the carry permit;
  • Involve the federal bureaucracy in setting standards for carry permit;
  • Destroy permitless carry systems such as those in Arizona, Alaska, Vermont and Wyoming.

Again, H.R. 822 is a good bill for gun owners. Don't listen to false claims. Read the bill yourself and here. to get the facts.

Next, please IMMEDIATELY contact your member of Congress and urge him or her to support the earliest possible consideration of H.R. 822.


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  • 4 thoughts on “The TRUTH About H.R. 822 The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011

    1. I read the law. It’s short and it’s benign. There is no reference to State issuers, it applies to counties and sheriffs who may issue as well. There is no registration. Any remaining issues are with the individual states. The effect of the law is simply for reciprocity.

      California, New York City, Maryland will continue to be pariahs in conflict with the 2nd Amendment.

    2. This law will likely backfire in California. There are several counties in central California that issues CCW’s based primarily on clearing a background check. However, if California is forced to recognize CCW’s from other states because California has a CCW statute, that statute will soon disappear. There is no way L.A. and San Fran. are going to allow individuals from other states to carry in California. They already have problems with California’s carrying concealed weapons from other counties.

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