Tillis Co-sponsors Concealed-Carry Reciprocity Bill | Beaufort County Now | The bill will allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.     U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) recently co-sponsored the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK). The bill will allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws, while still abiding by that state's laws.

    "When law-abiding North Carolina gun owners travel outside of our great state they should be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights," said Senator Tillis. "This commonsense legislation respects state sovereignty while protecting North Carolinians' right to self-defense, and I'm proud to join my colleagues in co-sponsoring this bill."

    Background on the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:

    Protecting Fundamental Constitutional Rights:

  • Allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while they are traveling or temporarily living away from home.
  • Allows individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to conceal carry in any other states that also allow concealed carry.
  • Treats state-issued concealed carry permits like drivers' licenses where an individual can use their home-state license to drive in another state, but must abide by that other state's speed limit or road laws.

    Respecting State Sovereignty:

  • Does not establish national standards for concealed carry.
  • Does not provide for a national concealed carry permit.
  • Does not allow a resident to circumvent their home state's concealed carry permit laws. If under current law an individual is prohibited by federal law from carrying a firearm, they will continue to be prohibited from doing so under our bill.
  • Respects state laws concerning specific types of locations in which firearms may not be carried and types of firearms which may not be carried by the visiting individual.
  • Protects states' rights by not mandating the right to concealed carry in places that do not allow the practice.

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