U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman took an important step to strengthen concealed carry laws by introducing legislation that would guarantee individuals who legally carry a concealed weapon in their home state may also carry in any other state that allows concealed carry. The Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013 would eliminate confusion among law enforcement and gun owners about which states have agreements about concealed carry laws.
“It’s common sense that responsible citizens who carry concealed firearms legally in their home states should be able to do so in any other state that allows concealed carry,” Stutzman said. “While President Obama lectures about the need to pass ineffective gun laws, we need to strengthen protections for the millions of law-abiding Americans who exercise their right to self-defense each day as well as our law enforcement personnel and this legislation will do just that.”
“The right to self-defense is the cornerstone of the Second Amendment and my responsibility as a father to keep my family safe doesn’t change when I cross state lines,” Stutzman continued. “As we defend the individual right to bear arms, we must also protect states from Washington’s conceited temptation to federalize every issue. I’m proud that this legislation respects state laws and does not establish a national permit system. It simply ensures that if you’re legally carrying a concealed firearm in one state, you can legally carry it in another.”
The Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013 guarantees that individuals who legally carry a concealed weapon in their home state may also carry in any other state that allows concealed carry. Stutzman’s legislation mirrors S. 2213, the Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which received the support of more than a third of the Senate during the 112th Congress.
The bill would not force states that prohibit concealed carry to change their laws. The bill would not force “Constitutional Carry States” like Arizona and Vermont to require residents obtain a permit. The bill would not supersede state legislation against carrying firearms in specifically prohibited areas and it would not establish or require a national permit system or allow gun owners to circumvent the laws of their home state.