NRA Applauds Sen. Cornyn for Introducing Reciprocity Legislation

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Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- On behalf of our more than 5 million members across the country, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded the introduction of S. 69, The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2019, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (TX).

“The current patchwork of state and local gun laws is confusing and can cause the most conscientious gun owner to unknowingly run afoul of the law when they are traveling or temporarily living away from home,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA. “Sen. Cornyn’s legislation provides a much-needed solution to a real problem for law-abiding gun owners.”

S. 69 would eliminate the confusing patchwork of state carry laws by allowing individuals who possess concealed carry licenses or who are not prohibited from carrying concealed in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that provides a lawful means of concealed carry for its own residents.

This legislation would not override state laws governing the time, place or manner of carriage or establish national standards for concealed carry. Individual state gun laws would still be respected. If under federal law a person is prohibited from carrying a firearm, they would continue to be prohibited from doing so under this bill.

“Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines,” continued Cox. “We thank Sen. Cornyn for his leadership on this important issue.”

Concealed Carry Facts:

  • Nearly every state in the country recognizes the right of residents to lawfully carry a concealed handgun in public for self-defense – a right that more than 17 million Americans now exercise.
  • America’s experience with concealed carry demonstrates that the repeated claim that concealed carry increases violence is factually incorrect. Concealed carry licensees are an exceptionally law-abiding population.
  • National reciprocity is already a reality in the 22 states that recognize all other concealed carry licenses or allow law-abiding non-residents to carry a firearm without a license.
  • Only ten states (and the District of Columbia) still refuse to recognize the permits of any other states, forcing lawful concealed carriers to surrender their rights when traveling through these jurisdictions. The consequence is obvious, as otherwise law-abiding citizens – specifically veterans, single mothers, disaster response workers, nurses, medical school students, and even corrections officers – have wrongfully suffered seizure of property, arrest, detention and even prosecution because they failed to navigate the legal minefield that is the current state reciprocity system.

The bill recognizes the diversity of state concealed carry laws by making each person subject to the rules of the state in which they are present, including places off-limits to firearms and laws governing the defensive use of force. It merely allows out-of-state licensees to carry concealed in the same manner as in-state residents.


National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

  • 48 thoughts on “NRA Applauds Sen. Cornyn for Introducing Reciprocity Legislation

    1. This is BS political theater and shouldnt be applauded. The House passed it and McConnell and Grassley sat on it and let it die in “our so called republican 2A friendly senate”!!!
      In the new Congress theres no effing way this goes anywhere, he knows it, Congress knows it, NRA and all 2A groups know it! Just wants to say he has a “A” rating Total and Complete BS

    2. What a crock of you know what!

      This could have been done last Congress. This is a ruse. It won’t go anywhere now that Nancy runs the House.

    3. That’s great! With the House in democrats hands there is no way this will get passed and signed. Why the hell didn’t they vote for the House version before January? I sent a text to my senator, Roy Blunt and got some bullshit that it had been referred to a study committee. Now they pass a bill that they know the House will not pass. What a bunch of fucking lying bastards. They did not do it when it could have become law. Now they do it when they know it has no chance. They do not want to pass National Reciprocity. This is all a stunt so Cornyn can get re-elected and not do a damn thing. Fucking republicans. There slogan should be “Hey we are lame, but not as bad as the democrats.” They will never get another dime from me. Might as well let the democrats take over everything and have a civil war. We need a convention of the states to strengthen the 2nd Amendment, repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments, pass a pro-life amendment, pass a marriage(1 man/1 woman) amendment, pass a balanced budget amendment. We need to eliminate the Department of Education, Department of Labor, and curtail the EPA. Most of all we need to pass an amendment on term limits so jackasses like Cornyn cannot have a lucrative career in the Senate and then get a gold-plated retirement.

    4. LOL! As they say: “It ain’t-a-gunna-happen!” Two bills have been warming Senator McConnell’s backside, in his chair, for nearly two years that ‘he’ deems NOT THE RIGHT TIME to vote on: 1) The CCW Reciprocity; 2) The SHUSH Act. Further, there will NEVER be some ‘pro-gun,’ pro-gun consumer,’ legislation passed in our ‘vaunted’ Senate, unless the ‘majority holders,’ a.k.a. Republicans pull a “Reid,” and, like ObummerCare, change the rules to only require a ‘simple’ majority – NOT some 60 vote ‘super majority!’ They do it now with SCOTUS nominees, I say GIT-ER-DUN!

      1. Finally someone who understands how our government works!

        You do understand the implications of such a move if the Democrats ever have 51 votes in the Senate, right? You do understand that this may very well be January 2021, right? As going nuclear on judicial nominees has back-fired on Democrats, going nuclear on legislation will backfire on Republicans.

        Anyway, this is all a theoretical exercise now. At this point, our only path to change things is SCOTUS.

        1. i don’t give a s**t what useless dhimmi-crats might do. congress could not pass gas if they sat up all night eating boiled eggs, hamhocks, onions, & red beans.

      2. Quote: “…Senate, unless the ‘majority holders,’ a.k.a. Republicans pull a “Reid,” and, like ObummerCare, change the rules to only require a ‘simple’ majority – NOT some 60 vote ‘super majority!” Sorry to burst your bubble but the ACA got 60 votes in the Senate – all 58 Democrats plus the 2 so-called Independents. And FYI it only takes 51 votes to pass a bill. The requirement for 60 votes is for ending a filibuster. The Senate changed the rules for a filibuster so that now the one wishing to filibuster simply say they are doing so but they don’t have to actually stand there and talk until they pass out.

    5. National Reciprocity legislation is not needed; it already in force, but is being ignored and people ignorantly think that a special law is needed. It is not.

      First of all, the 2nd Amendment applies everywhere. However, since people seem to think that “permits” need to be universally recognized, the U.S. Constitution already demands it – Article 4, Sections 1 and 2. Look it up and contact your state and federal representatives and demand that the “Law of the Land” BE the law of the land!

      1. They didn’t held the cards! I guess understanding how the government works is really a low priority here! Why do we have the current shutdown again, if Republicans allegedly held all the cards?

          1. Well, The Revelator, if they held the Senate, how come we have a partial government shutdown right now? The Republicans did not control the Senate with 60 votes, which is what it takes to stop the debate on a bill (cloture) and to vote on its passage by simple majority. Learn how our government works!

          2. Charlie,

            They did control the Senate, they had the Majority. What you are referencing is called a Super Majority, or a filibuster proof Majority. That is different from being in control. I do know how our Government works, apparently better than you. Simple Majority is 51 to 49, or in the case of a tie 51 to 50 because the Vice President is the Tie Breaker. Please do not try to insult our intelligence by suggesting that the Democrat party with only 48 members is in control of the senate when the Republicans had the Majority.

            A law like this does not require a 2/3 vote in the Senate. Stop taking shortcuts in your reasoning. You may be able to slip something by some other people like that, but it isn’t going to get passed me. What Matt was saying, and what you are missing is that the Republicans did not vote the way they were sent there to vote once we gave them control. Mitch McConnel is also a problem since he is a Big Government progressive and has blocked certain items from coming up. The party had a chance to pass reciprocity and the Hearing Protection Act but they backed down.

            1. Well, apparently you do not know how the Senate works. The legislative filibuster was never abolished by the Senate (nuclear option to end the debate on legislation), so it does take 60 votes! The legislative filibuster was only abolished by the Senate for judicial nominees!

              Again, why do we have the current partial government shutdown? Very simple! It started in the 115th Congress and Senate Republicans did not had 60 votes to stop the debate on the bill that included border wall funding and was passed by the House. So, it wasn’t brought to the floor in the Senate and we ended up in a partial government shutdown.

            2. @Charlie

              Yes, debate can continue, and yes there is a filibuster still, but the question is did the Republicans feel like putting up with the Filibuster process. See, A filibuster only works if you can run out the time at the end of a session, but it is very hard to go through that when you don’t even bring the bill up for discussion in the first place. Was there a filibuster that we are not aware of?

              The Republican party had two years of majority control in both houses of Congress to pass both laws mentioned. That includes time for drawing out the Filibuster process. THEY LACK A SPINE. There are only two times you need a 2/3s Majority or 66 votes in the Senate. When Constitutionally mandated, and when the President Vetoes. That’s it. Bring the bills up for a discussion even if you know the opposition wants to filibuster, don’t table it to committee, and when they are done talking until they are blue in the face put it up for vote by simple majority, second the motion, and vote. Simple. A filibuster is nothing more than a prolonged speech to delay the required parliamentary procedures, it is not a stop on the procedures itself. Did you not realize that? The question is whether or not a party is willing to exercise their will power in the face of that and prioritize an issue. I did not even get into the Nuclear option because I do not agree that congress, and particularly the senate, has a right to override the Constitution just because it feels it needs to bypass procedure to save time. There is a reason the Constitution was written the way it was, and why a Filibuster has to be made while speaking non stop and can’t be made by not showing up and staying home.

              End case, the republicans cowed down after Vegas and turned in their spines and testicles. Now would you like to keep going? It really doesn’t matter how many exclamation points you use, it doesn’t change the fact that the Republicans had majority control of the senate.

            3. You seem to be unaware of the actual filibuster rules in the Senate: https://www.senate.gov/reference/reference_index_subjects/Cloture_vrd.htm

              There was no reason for even putting this bill up for a debate. A cloture vote would have resulted in less than 60 votes, thus not limiting the time for debate in the Senate. A bill that has failed on cloture is being set aside!!! There is no “prolonged speech” filibuster after a failed cloture vote for this anymore, as it has proven to be nonsensical. It can indefinitely hold up the operation of the Senate without much effort. Democrats would have loved to do that in an election year!

              All of your 66 vote writeup has nothing to do with this and I have no idea why you bring this even up.

              Why have we currently a partial shutdown again? Republicans didn’t had 60 Senate votes in the 115th Congress, so they could not vote on the bill already passed by the House!

            4. @Charlie Foxtrot

              No, You seem to be unaware that I am an originalist when it comes to the constitution and do not advocate or acknowledge the rule breaking perpetrated by all three branches of our federal government. So if we have endless debate, then we have endless debate. I never said the filibuster was abolished, what I stated was that it should be enforced according to what was proscribed constitutionally and that includes actual debate. Follow the procedures set in place, not the “I cant win so I’ll just change the rules, now a full house beats a royal flush during this hand.”

              See that is the difference between you and I sir. They change the play book and you trudge your feet saying “Oh well, I guess we have to do this now”. I don’t. That is why I am consistent. Just because the Courts want to approve a law, does that give them the ability to decide to change the wording so they can say all is good, or decide on their own because they don’t like it that they can reject it? No, and I don’t treat the legislative branch any differently.

              So the Senate breaks the rules, and you legitimize them in these acts. Do you also then support that they violate the constitution by refusing to pass a budget and repeatedly go for a Continuing Resolution? Do you support the Executive branch using fiat orders(Executive mandate) to create laws through bureaucratic regulation by people we did not vote to represent us?

              What you are doing is granting permission for the ongoing nonsense. You can scream “60 votes! 60 Votes! 60 Votes!” all you want, but it doesn’t change the issue at hand. That is that the left has tossed out the rule book and the Republican party does not have the spine to stand up to it. Make the idiots stand up and debate, keep it on the floor, and force them to answer to us instead of being able to go hide. This is nothing new. The founders had already predicted that actions like this could be taken, for example staying home. That is why there were rules put in place, you could force members of the House and senate to return, or even stay through a break.

              So the question now is why do you continue to allow and defend the position of the Left to be able to control things after they lost control of the Senate?

            5. And I think Charlie just realized his mistake.

              He either admits that we were right in the first place that

              Changing rules on the fly is wrong, and that it can and should be fought. The Republicans either have no spine/testicles to do it at best, or despise us as much as the leftists at the worst.

              or he admits to the idea that

              Changes to the rules cannot be fought, that when the Courts overrule the Constitution and decide to write law on their own, redefine/extend/abolish rights from the bench, that congress can decide what parts of the Constitution it will or wont follow, or that the president may bypass them.. What this position means is that Charlie would throw out the system of Checks and Balances.

              Essentially, he has trapped himself in an either/or position. This is why we have got to be consistent on everything we say and do people.

    6. Introduce a law that drivers licenses and marriage licenses are only valid in te states they’re issued . Let the fights begin. Maybe it’ll put the issue before the courts ?

      1. See Reply above. There is a difference between Control of the senate and having a Super Majority, or if looking just at the Senate Filibuster proof majority.

    7. I agree with the rest of these comments. Bringing forth legislation that has no hope of being brought to a vote let alone passing is theater, pure BS.

      You had two years. You could have gotten a few Dem votes with horse trading and actually passed this.

      1. According to Erich Pratt with GOA it is useful. These sorts of proposed bills are good tools in that they can be tacked onto anti-gun bills as amendments. For instance, if Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban gains steam, this could be tacked onto it. The result is the most ardent supporters of gun control may then be forced to abandon the bill.

        Now, obviously not as good as having concealed carry reciprocity, but better than having an assault weapons ban.

    8. Good for him….

      But why now? I’m sorry, but introducing legislation that will go NOWHERE is BS and just political showmanship!

      Why the heck wasn’t this and other legislation nullifying ALL local gun control legislation passed when “Republicans” were in control of Congress?

    9. You think it’s bad now, just wait until the Democrats take the White House back, remember 1933 when the National Socialist took control. They simply suspended the construction and no one stopped them. No Construction, No bill of rights and no supreme court. That is what the left wants.

    10. NRA applauds the closing of the barn door AFTER all the damn horses got out!!

      I’m REALLY GETTING SICK of Ammoland shilling for the NRA by giving it all this free promotion. You almost NEVER see Ammoland support/applaud all the hard work that GOA and its members do to advance gun rights, even as the fracking NRA essentially steals valor by claiming SOLE credit for what GOA and other gun groups do with little or no ‘assistance’ from the NRA… And on other occasions, the NRA interferes with other gun groups’ efforts to protect 2A and then LIES about what they did!

      The NRA is the ENEMY WITHIN.

      1. Its not Ammoland doing anything

        Ammoland is open to all and supports the First Amendment. If you have a problem with it, reach out to the site’s founders and they will explain the same. While I do not agree with the NRA for having taken the road they have and betraying us, I also do not agree with silencing anybody.

        Win your arguments on facts, not advocating for restricting rights. If you advocate for silencing people, then you are doing exactly what the NRA is doing to the 2A community criticizing its leaderships’ decisions right now. If you want, look at becoming a contributor to Ammoland, but do it the right way.

    11. Sen. John Cornyn is up for re-election next year (2020). This is purely political grandstanding on his part. WHAT HAPPENED to the national reciprocity legislation (passed by the House) that was held up by Sen. Chuck Grassley for the first two years of President Trump’s administration????????? NOTHING!!

      Screw Congress, they’re the enemy of The People.

      1. My thought exactly. How BRAVE to make a stand after the fight is over….two years of nothing followed up by a symbolic nothing for law abiding citizens. The GOP is just the other side of the same damn coin. To hell with all of em.

          1. Creation of the Libertarian Party seemed to be a great concept. Until its offer of a Vice-President nominee tossed a gift revolver into the garbage. That riled me so much that I had to double my blood pressure medicine and block their names from my memory. It appears to be a good place for politicians that have turned their coats to often.
            I wish it weren’t so.

            P.S. To Ammoland monitors. Were is my Receive Respond check box?

            1. Not sure of the incident you’re referring to. Elaborate?

              The principles of libertarianism stand regardless of the Libertarian Party’s (sometimes quite flawed) choices of nominees (Weld).

              Libertarianism (not necessarily the LP) is the natural ally of gun rights. Help us fix the party and gain exposure.

      2. This^
        Way to sit on your hands when the house already passed it last session.
        This is a virtue signal with no chance of passing the house.

    12. Oh yes applaud. Two years of republicans controlling everything, nothing changed. Elect some dems who will block it and lets bravely put it forth. Scam, if they wanted it to pass it would have in the last two years. Let’s not forget the NRA supporting the bump stock ban, and every major gun control act of last century.

    13. The Bill of Rights is a mandate that applies to all 50 states equally and WITHOUT the ability to opt out. So why is it that the 2A can be INFRINGED anywhere?

      1. @ Ansel Hazen

        Correct,one might also ask why Negotiating Rights Away since 1934 chose Sen. Cornyn,a staunch RINO to introduce this bill,let me guess more 4 D chess theater as Constitutionally it is already the law.

      2. Yes, imagine if you needed a different drivers license to go through one state to another. And driving is a privilege, not a Constitutional right. Cornyn’s effort is a hollow one and everybody knows it.

      3. @Ansel…
        You ask how the 2A gets infringed everywhere ?
        I can think of a couple reasons.
        Firstly, the Commie Bolsheviks control, amongst other things, the Dept. Of Education, which has been doing a very good job of dumbing down the population for many decades now. They haven’t been teaching the students all the ins and outs of the US Constitution. Instead, they have been treating them like mushrooms….kept in the dark and covered with horse manure.
        Secondly, the Commie Bolsheviks control the media. We all know that they ignore stories that would show gun ownership can be very beneficial, while exaggerating negative stories of gun violence.
        Thirdly…Too large a slice of the population is ignorant of their rights and the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and they believe everything that is fed to them by the media. They essentially Allow themselves to be brainwashed by the Commie Bolshevik control group, and allow them to implement their agendas. Both Presidents Eisenhauer and Kennedy warned us in televised speeches that the Commie Bolsheviks had plans to totally dominate and turn us into slaves. The incremental disarmament of American citizens through gun control laws is a prerequisite to domination. They have done it in many other countries, and in the 1900’s alone, have murdered tens of millions of their own citizens after successfully disarming them. It would already have been done here in the USA if not for that Hugh bolder in their road called the Second Ammendment. But they still work hard at infringing it, incessantly chipping away at it, and otherwise subverting it. And now we have some Billionaires named Soros and Bloomberg (and others), who have pledged their bottom dollar to the eradication of the 2A so that their friends can attain their goal of total global control. And most of the sheeple are totally unaware of their plans and would dismiss it as a mere “conspiracy theory”.

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