Federal Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Introduced by Senator John Thune

The Rapid City Journal has the article here:

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) on Tuesday introduced the Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (S.371), a bill that would allow people to carry lawfully concealed firearms across state lines, while at the same time respecting the laws of the host state.

“South Dakota is a state with responsible laws allowing citizens to protect themselves with concealed weapons,” Thune said. “Law-abiding South Dakotans should be able to exercise the right to bear arms in states with similar regulations on concealed firearms.” . . .



OpenID DougHuffman said...

What one administration enacts with the stroke of a pen the next can as easily rescind.

The rights of the several sovereign states is a fine teergruben (tarpit) for federal meddling.

2/09/2009 7:08 AM  
Blogger BWegner said...

I see this as a compromise between states rights and individual freedoms.  With individual freedoms being more important! The current system is a mess, which makes it very difficult for a CCW holder to know exactly what the law is.  Crossing a state line shouldn't mean the difference between being a lawful citizen and a felon. I applaud Senator Thune for having the courage to author this bill, especially in the current political climate.  While I doubt it'll ever make it past the committee of liberals who dominate the Senate, it does set an important precedent for legislation that can be brought up again.  This would eliminate the patchwork of reciprocity laws that currently are very easy to accidently break, thereby making ordinary citizens into felons without them even knowing.    Too bad my spineless Senators here in Indiana will likely not support it.....

2/09/2009 1:20 PM  
Blogger John A said...

This we do not need - *Guns?* - "But too many lose sight of the fact that the Heller decision was a 5-4 decision. Four justices - only one short of a majority - adopted the liberal argument that the Second Amendment does not involve any rights whatsoever for private citizens. The Second Amendment was only a single vote away from being eradicated from the Constitution." Where has Mr. Blackwell been since, oh, a couple of hours after the decision? Is he unaware (barely acceptable) or is it something else? ALL NINE JUSTICES EXPLICITLY STATED THAT THE AMENDMENT DECLARED AN INDIVIDUAL RIGHT! Three thought that while it might be unConstitutional the case should go back to a lower court for more work, while one claimed that the "regulations" were not a "ban" and so were not in violation of the Constitution.

2/09/2009 3:18 PM  
Blogger The Right Guy said...

It'll never pass.

2/10/2009 11:04 PM  
Blogger steveinusa said...

DC lost it's battle to keep hand gun ownership illegal and so will Chicago. Crime is on the rise and everyone, including judges, are learning that it's not a good idea to restrict decent citizens' right to carry while thugs just carry anyhow giving them the upper hand.

11/18/2011 6:49 AM  
OpenID marty76 said...

Law-abiding citizens should be able to carry their handguns across the country. National CCW reciprocity would achieve that. However, the individual states have significantly different rules that govern issuing permits. Until these rules are more uniform it is unlikely that a national reciprocity law will ever pass.

6/01/2012 9:24 PM  

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