John Cornyn (R-TX) Introduces National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

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.

John Cornyn

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

“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.

What do you think about national Concealed Carry Reciprocity? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

56 Comments On This Article

  1. I think that’s we should be able too carry our guns with where ever we go in this Country most of us will probably never pull our gun but it’s nice to know that we have it on us I lived in NY and always want to experience my 2nd amendment right but never could so happy that I’m not there anymore But yes it should nation wide 2nd amendment is our right

  2. If you have conceal permit, you have already had a back ground check, also finger prints proving you have no previous crimes. Most have taking a firearm corse.You are a clean American, hope we start getting treated like it.

    • Howard,

      Not every state requires fingerprints or even a shooting exam.

      WI requires a CC course, or military DD-214 for weapons proficiency and residency. (Does not allow non-residents to get their license). They do not require showing proficiency, or fingerprints. They do a background check however.

      I’m all for reciprocity. Right now I have to take out my sidearm and unload and lock it up when I cross over the MN border…2 miles from my home (and the major shopping area).

      • JDC, the Constitution doesn’t mention any of those things.

        My only concern is that this may run afoul of the tenth amendment (states’ rights).

        • No state has the right to deprive you of your Constitutional rights. That would be like some states deciding to make slavery legal. The federal government has the responsibility to protect our Constitutional rights. All of them, not just some of them. It is about time our Congress takes this responsibility seriously.


  4. I say thank you to those who are working so hard to defend the American citizens who have earned their concealed carry permits. I have 2 ccp but still can’t carry in my home state of SC and I believe that is just not right when SC leads the way in so many good and proper things in our fine SC home state.

  5. Hi : All CC holders wish this bill would happen. But I think we all know better. This bill would be hard to pass even if God blessed it.
    Please do not get to excited. Sorry but like I said we all know better.

    • I don’t know why you are so pessimistic. No state has the right to deprive you of your Constitutional rights. That would be like some states deciding to make slavery legal. The federal government has the responsibility to protect our Constitutional rights. All of them, not just some of them. It is about time our Congress takes this responsibility seriously.

  6. It’s too easy to be forgetful, to leave our weapon at home, and end up being stopped by the law in a firearm hostile state. That could mean the rest of our future and freedom has been lost. For example, we live in Maine, next to NH. Now both states have Constitutional carry. No worry about licenses necessity. However, should we have the need to crossover into MA, that state represents doomsday. And for us to conveniently travel West, beyond MA, That state presents an impediment for concealed or even open carry, while travelling beyond that State. MA is just too big and in the way, to avoid it. It’s a bummer situation.

    • Are you nuts? “It’s too easy to be forgetful … “? If you have a tendency to be “forgetful” you should not carry a gun, or even car keys.
      I fully support this reciprocity movement.

    • We live in Alabama and have family in Maine. In a Maine accent ‘ya cant git there from here’. It’s really a PITA to travel through the New England states.

  7. I’m a qualified HR218 recipient, so I’m already covered for nationwide CCW, but I’m all in for this bill. Although it may sound hokey to a great many in my state (California) my experience has been that a trained, rational CCW “Good Guy with a gun” is preferable to the hodge podge of CCW laws we have now.

  8. Rudy march 12 2917 I believe it should be passed, there is no reason if you have a carry permit that you shouldn’t be allowed to carry in all states.

  9. Citizen For the Constitution

    Cornyn has no clue about the Constitution he took an oath to protect and defend. He said: “This bill strengthens … the constitutional right….”
    Self defense is not a “Constitutional right”, it is a God-given right! Congress does not the authority to even consider legislation about “the right to bear arms.” good or bad.
    To quote James Clark: “…at first glance a bill like this appears good, but we must always include the question, does the federal constitution authorize this, and the answer is no.
    The idea of reciprocity is a good one, but it is a negotiated agreement between the States, and not an issue to be forced on every State, with or without the consent of the citizens of a particular State, by a supposedly limited general government.”
    And a quote from Dwayne Stovall (will be running against Cornyn in 2020:
    “This is, bar none, one of the worst pieces of garbage legislation ever written.
    The federal Constitution offers the federal government no authority whatsoever over the regulation of guns, but here we have one of the least constitutional and most elitist members of the beltway cabal wanting to take control of guns in every State. If these idiots are allowed to do this, what do you think the next batch of even more progressive overlords will want to do with that power?
    I guess we can expect John Cornyn to force Alaskans to take my $16 Texas fishing license next, right?”…
    “John Cornyn has stated publicly that he voted for Democrats in November, and now we know that some of his own staff voted for Hillary. Cornyn is a disgrace to the great State of Texas. 2020 can’t get here soon enough.”
    “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”– Milton Friedman

    • I am a little confused about what your position is. I agree that “self defense” is not a Constitutional right but keeping and bearing arms is a Constitutional Right and the federal government, including the Supreme Court, has the responsibility to ensure all Americans, regardless of the state in which they live, not have their Constitutional rights taken away by state laws. If a state tried to reinstitute slavery, I guarantee you the federal government would step in and squash any such idea. They should do the same when it comes to our 2nd Amendment rights.

  10. Couldnt.agree.more. Wyoming doesn’t even require a license for concealed carry in the state. But it’s only $50-$75 for the test and license which is good to have in states that do allow reciprocity.

  11. I am all for it. I go to Puerto Rico to visit my mom and always worried that I wouldn’t be able to defend myself or my family if a criminal there were to try to harm us. So I am hoping this would also include US territories.

  12. I travel across country a lot on a motorcycle. Since I can’t roll up my windows or lock my doors and I don’t usually have a police officer right beside of me, I AM MY ONLY FIRST LINE OF DEFENCE. With or without this law I would rather explain to a liberal judge why I’m a survivor rather than someone call my wife and try to explain to her why I’m a statistic. THIS LAW IS NEEDED.

  13. CC is ok, but what we need is Constitutional Carry which would eliminate the need for states to have their own concealed carry programs and reciprocity details with the other 49 states. US Nationwide Constitutional Carry is the best way to go.

  14. The problem with this is that if you live in a state with restrictive guns laws and permitting, like most of California and New York, you will NEVER be able to get a CCW in your home state in the first place.

    It should read ANY CCW is honored in ANY state, therefore those in restrictive areas can travel to another state and obtain one.

  15. I think National Constitutional Carry should be excepted just the same as any drivers licence from any state in these United States. Concealed carry holders should not have to worry about which state that they are crossing over into with their legal permit.

  16. I’m all for reciprocal concealed carry nation wide. Last year South Dakota implemented one of the most stringent set of licensing rules requiring class time, full state and federal background checks and live fire proficiency tests. I think any state that meets this kind of licensing should have their licenses recognized nation wide. I do think the training, proficiency tests and background tests should be required for state to state reciprocity.

  17. If you have a conceal and carry permit from any state, it would mean you took the prescribed course. I have Utah but live in Illinois, when I got my Utah, Illinois did not have a conceal and carry and did not recognize any states conceal and carry so if you were stopped and had a firearm with you, you could be arrested. I never carry in Illinois but i do carry when in Indiana or WI, because I can shoot there and they recognize Utah’s conceal and carry. It should be good just like your drivers license is in any state. Utah did not not require a proficiency test in Illinois but they do a back ground check and finger print and FBI check. Also in Illinois you need if your going to buy guns or ammunition a FOID card. That’s a Firearm owners Identification card and Illinois also does a background check on you before they will issue a card. If your in another state even with a Conceal and carry permit, but your from Illinois, you also need to produce that FOID card or they cannot sell you. So yes Reciprocal especially in Illinois is needed because they don’t recognize any states conceal and carry so other states do not recognize Illinois.

  18. Driver’s Licenses are a privilege. The keeping and bearing of arms is a RIGHT of every law-abiding American. This RIGHT is protected by the Second Amendment to our Constitution. Even the States were not given the privilege of taking our arms. The Constitution outlines those things the federal government can control. If the federal government is not given the right to control something that right belongs to the people. The people can give the State permission to control many things but not our Right to bear arms.

  19. Why should I need the government’s permission to exercise my 2nd amendment right throughout this entire country? This should not even be up for debate or vote. What will happen when someone from a very pro gun state (Tennessee, Texas, Georgia) visits a state thats very anti gun and almost impossible to obtain a CCL? I would guess that California will use this as an opportunity to arrest each and every CCL visitor from any other state to extort money to help with their current and future budget crisis.

  20. This is the best news I have ever heard of, there is a National Permit available but a gun owner has to go to another State like Maryland and pay a large fee and the permit is only good for certain States,, it is not nation wide and this will change that,

  21. There are to many laws in every state..mag limitations ,gun limitations, if your not a resident of that state you should only comply with the state issueing your permit…and the state your passing through should honor that….with States like New York , California, Illinois …etc…you could be in trouble a hundred ways…

  22. A drivers licenses or my CDL is good in all states so should my carry permit. As of now the United States is one country. We should feel protected as we travel from home on business or to visit family and/or friends. Our officials should have more thought on coming down hard on criminals rather than law biding citizens.

  23. There’s a lot of states that I don’t visit because I can not carry there. I am for this bill because I feel it is our right to be able to carry concealed to protect ourselves

  24. Sorely needed, long overdue, slim chance of passing thru the Senate. Dumocrats will fight this tooth and nail. Presently tied up in subcommittee. We need to light this fire, like we did when we voted. Call your Senator, and Rep.

  25. Unless the “May Issue States” are made to be come “Will Issue States” not everyone will be able to carry under the law as its written .. As non resident licenses would not be recognized .. I’m not for any law that would not allow ALL Citizens to carry if they are legally able to do so !!

  26. Re #9; The exact wording of the Cornyn bill will be critical. Otherwise, if your state(say Texas) does not require a permit (constitutional carry,) a state like California would argue that since you have no government issued permit to carry in Texas there is no permit for them to accept in California so you can’t carry there.

  27. I am 100% for it but it will never happen. CA, NY and MD are like communist states and won’t obey it anyway. I am afraid to go to MD for anything, (I live 13 miles S of the line) They can stop you just because you have a CCW and check to see if you have a weapon and if it is locked. It has nothing to do with enforcing traffic laws, just making money. NY is the worst place I’ve ever been when it comes to Police period. I will call Barbara Comstock and tell her I want her to vote for it.