Texas Senator, John Cornyn, introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014 on the U.S. Senate Floor Friday.
The legislation would basically require states with concealed gun carry laws to honor the carry laws in other states, allowing permit holders to carry from state-to-state.
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The piece of legislation, sponsored by Cornyn and other Senators, would allow those concealed gun carry privileges to be exercised in any other state that also has concealed carry laws.
We spoke with a local law enforcement officer about how this legislation, if passed, would affect gun holders.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014 on the Senate floor Friday morning.
If passed, people with state issued concealed-carry permits would be able to carry across state lines.
San Angelo Police Department Assistant Chief, Jeff Fant, says this amendment would be convenient for permit holders.
"It would make it a little more consistent that persons from Texas crossing state lines; since we do cross state lines quite a bit especially in the Southwest areas and such. It would make it a little easier for citizens driving back-and-forth to carry their firearms with them," Fant said.
Cornyn proposed a similar amendment last year that did not receive the required three-fifths vote in the senate to pass.
"A standardized process might be beneficial overall, so that every law enforcement officer no matter where you go or where a citizen comes from, we're all pretty much all on the same page," Fant said.
The amendment would expand concealed-carry gun laws across state lines without requiring the individual to obtain a permit in that state, but it would not allow holders to take their guns into states that do not allow concealed weapons.
"Just like traffic laws; it's my responsibility to know as a driver what those laws are going to be in another state," Fant said.
The specifics vary from state-to-state quite a bit; for example, places a concealed weapon is allowed, what action is required if stopped by a member of law enforcement, or whether a holder is required to report whether they are carrying a firearm or not.
Regardless of the outcome of this legislation, you much always have a permit to legally conceal a weapon.