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Act Would Allow Concealed Weapons Permit Holders to Carry in Other Jurisdictions

"Respecting State's Rights and Concealed and Carry Reciprocity Act"

by / July 21, 2009

If the "Respecting State's Rights and Concealed and Carry Reciprocity Act" becomes law, it would allow those with concealed weapons permits from one jurisdiction to legally carry a concealed weapon into other jurisdictions which may currently prohibit the practice. If the measure -- an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill -- passes, said New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine in a release, the state will file a lawsuit to have the law declared unconstitutional.

The National Rifle Association terms the measure the "Right to Carry Reciprocity Act" and on its Web site says that "Under the Thune-Vitter amendment, an individual who has met the requirements for a carry permit, or who is otherwise allowed by his home state's state law to carry a firearm, would be authorized to carry a firearm for protection in any other state that issues such permits, subject to the laws of the state in which the firearm is carried."

[Update: the measure fell two votes short of Senate approval.]

Wayne Hanson Senior Executive Editor, Center For Digital Government