Should we ensure concealed-carry rights travel across state lines, including school zones and federally owned lands?

This bill has Passed the House of Representatives
Bill Summary

This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to possess or carry a concealed handgun into another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms. This bill also allows qualified individuals to carry or possess a concealed handgun into a school zone and on federally owned lands open to the public. A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence. Sponsor: Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] View full bill text ➔

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Opponents say

• This bill will make sates that set tough requirements for concealed carry have to welcome visitors with concealed firearms from states with fewer requirements, or potentially none at all. This will put people in danger.
• State-by-state concealed-carry gun laws differ because gun violence and behavior differs. Leave it to states to know what is best for the safety of their own residents.

Proponents say

• Law-abiding concealed carry permit holders have to negotiate a confusing maze of laws, reciprocity agreements, and recognition statutes travelling out of state -- this bill will simplify the bureaucracy and protect people’s concealed-carry rights.
• Recent gun violence in schools and other public places shows the need for more law abiding citizens to carry guns.