On Monday, February 27th, Senator John Cornyn of Texas introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act to the Senate Judiciary committee. The bill is intended to expand the rights of citizens with a concealed carry license, empowering them to carry in nearly every other state. Text of the bill has yet to be released, but it probably is quite similar to a similar bill in the House of Representatives, H. R. 38.
Senator Cornyn (R-TX) was joined by 35 Republican senators in submitting the bill. Sen. Cornyn’s legislation, if passed, will allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that also has concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state’s laws.
“This bill strengthens both the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and the power of states to implement laws best-suited for the folks who live there,” Sen. Cornyn said. “This legislation is an important affirmation of our Second Amendment rights and has been a top priority of law-abiding gun owners in Texas for a long time.”
The bill is cosponsored by U.S. Sens. John Barasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), John Hoeven (R-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John McCain (R-AZ), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), David Perdue (R-GA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Thune (R-SD), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Todd Young (R-IN).
In the House of Representatives, H.B. 38 was introduced by Richard Hudson (R-NC) and 168 co-sponsors back in January. That bill is currently sitting in committee.