This week (March 13), U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) introduced S. 2188 , the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012.” The bill is the Senate companion to H. R. 822,which was approved by the U. S. House last November by a vote of 272-154.
This is a significant Bill because it was introduced by two Democrats. Of course, it could be grandstanding in an election year. We shall see soon enough. Get out those new iPads and start sending emails! S. 2188, like H.R. 822, would allow any person with a valid state-issued concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that issues concealed firearm permits, or that does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms for lawful purposes. A state’s laws governing where concealed handguns may be carried would apply within its borders.
Today 49 states either issue carry permits or otherwise authorize law-abiding people to carry firearms outside the home for self-defense. 41 states have fair “shall issue” permit systems that allow any law-abiding person to get a permit.
While carry permit laws are well established in America, permit reciprocity is less so. Only a quarter of the states recognize other states’ permits unconditionally, and over half the states do not recognize other states’ permits, or do so only if certain conditions are met.
Most of the 48 carry permit states have fair and reasonable permit issuance policies, and in those states such laws have worked as intended. Confounding the predictions of these laws’ liberal fascist opponents, Americans with carry permits are more law-abiding than the general public. For example, in Florida, the state that has issued the most permits, only 0.008% of 2.1 million permits have been revoked because of firearm crimes by permit holders.
Concealed carry permit holders don’t want to lose their right to carry firearms, so they are the most law abiding citizens in the country.
Self-defense is a fundamental right. The U.S. constitution, the constitutions of 44 states, common law, and the laws of all states recognize the right to use arms in self-defense. RTC laws respect the right to self-defense by allowing individuals to carry firearms for protection. S. 2188 would strengthen this fundamental right. The Right to Bear Firearms is the most violated Civil Right in U.S. history.
Text from the Bill
IN GENERAL- An eligible individual carrying a concealed handgun in a State under this section shall be permitted to carry a handgun subject to the same conditions and limitations imposed by or under Federal or State law or the law of a political subdivision of a State, except as to eligibility to carry a concealed handgun, that apply to residents of the State or political subdivision who—
(A) have a license or permit issued by the State or political subdivision to carry a concealed handgun; or
(B) if the State does not issue licenses or permits described in subparagraph (A), are not prohibited by the State from carrying a concealed handgun.
(2) IDENTIFICATION; LICENSE OR PERMIT- An eligible individual who is carrying a concealed handgun under this section shall carry—
(A) a valid identification document containing a photograph of the individual; and
(B) a valid license or permit that—
(i) is issued under the law of a State; and
(ii) permits the individual to carry a concealed firearm.
(b) Technical and Conforming Amendment- The table of sections for chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 926C the following:
926D. Reciprocity for the carrying of certain concealed firearms.
Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall take effect 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.