On Nov. 16, Congressman Marlin Stutzman (IN-03) voted to expand protections for gun-owners with state-issued concealed firearm permits. Stutzman co-sponsored H.R. 822, The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, which was passed on a bipartisan vote of 272-154.
“As a gun-owner, permit-holder, and proud supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I’m proud of the victory that we won today,” Stutzman stated. “The right to self-defense goes deep and cannot be taken away. It is the cornerstone of the 2nd Amendment and the foundation for concealed-carry laws across this country. I’m proud that Indiana has established a responsible process for obtaining a lifetime permit. This bill ensures that Hoosiers can exercise our right to self-defense when our families travel across state lines. If you follow the law, your permit from one state will be honored by another.”
The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 will allow individuals with valid, state-issued concealed-firearm permits to carry their concealed firearms in any other state that also issues concealed permits or in any state that does not prohibit concealed firearms broadly. Currently, every state, with the exception of Illinois, has established concealed carry permits of some kind. The bill does not create a federal permit. Rather, it ensures that state permits are honored when law-abiding gun owners cross state lines.