Cornyn Introduces National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill in Senate

By Dave Dolbee published on in News

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has introduced the NSSF-supported Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (S.446), a companion to the House of Representatives bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.). The proposed legislation, with 30 co-sponsors, would compel states to recognize concealed carry permits issued from other states that have concealed carry laws within their own borders—much in the same way a driver’s license is recognized. The bill aims to eliminate the confusion of varying state-by-state laws and provide protection for Second Amendment rights for permit holders.

Sen. John Cornyn

Sen. Cornyn (R-TX) has received an A+ rating for the NRA. His current proposed legislation also has the backing of the NRA.

“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.”

In addition to interstate recognition of concealed carry permits, the legislation protects states’ rights concerning concealed carry. It respects the authority of a state to establish specific types of locations in which firearms may not be carried. Additionally, it respects a state’s resident permitting requirements and maintains prohibitions against restricted individuals from carrying a firearm.

“This legislation provides an answer to the confusing patchwork of concealed carry permits, particularly with regard to states where laws make unwitting criminals out of legal permit holders for a simple mistake of a wrong traffic turn,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “It safeguards a state’s right to determine their own laws while protecting the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. We thank Senator Cornyn for his leadership on behalf of America’s hunters and recreational shooters.”

Cornyn introduced similar legislation in 2015 with 35 bipartisan co-sponsors and in 2014 as an amendment that garnered 57 votes. Hudson’s House legislation, H.R.38, currently has 159 co-sponsors.

What do you think are the chances of Sen. Cornyn’s bill? How long will it take to pass? Share your answers in the comment section.

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Comments (29)

  • Jim Gillam

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    You have my vote. Back in the day i am sure our founding fathers did NOT have this in mind while writing the 2nd amendment. The police have ncic for your driving record so i do not see why this could not serve as the same purpose. It would make things a lot easier. And to all the anti gunners out there, just like hating doctors until you need one. With all of the shootings past and present if more legal law abiding citizens carried most could have been stopped. Just my opinion.

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  • Bruce

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    Reciprocity makes perfect sense. I currently avoid Illinois because of their confusing concealed carry laws.

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  • rich

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    it does not define: ——- “destructive device”

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  • Arthur

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    There will always be pros and cons when it comes to passing a bill regarding conceal weapons. Let’s get this bill passed and show the gun grabbers that CCW permits help reduce crime. All you NRA gun lovers that live in California know what I’m talking about. If we republicans can get this bill and make it work Washington will be ours for a long time to come.

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  • Al Ludlow

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    This bill looks good at first glance but does allow for states to basically ignore it…I live in the Socialist State of California and you can be sure they would just ignore it and continue to deny Californians their 2nd Amendment rights…Unless you are a celebrity or politician you aren’t getting a concealed carry permit here…

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    • David

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      I live in California, and my county sheriff was more than happy to give me my permit. There are counties in eastern California that are shall issue counties. Inyo & Mono to name two. And I know I’m no celebrity!!

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    • Gautier Van Cleave

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      I, too, live in California in Santa Clara County. Here, a concealed carry permit typically requires a divine manifestation in the form of a speaking, burning bush and the ghost of Cecil B. DeMille as a character witness. But it’s more lenient than San Francisco County, where only illegal immigrant criminals can wander freely with guns.

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  • abelhorn

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    How about stop making laws giving us rights we already have
    and control the very courts you created.

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  • Dan

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    Lets just hope this bill passes and stops the state to state confusion over concealed carry….no more arrests for something that’s legal in your home state. It’s just a matter of simplifying the system…something the die hard anti-gunners are against.

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    • Kevin

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      Yes, like pot.

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  • Max

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    Thank God! I live in the North East of the country and I’ve had my concealed carry permit for over 15yrs. I have to pray I don’t get pulled over driving through stupid Massachussetts (where I used to live, got the heck out of there after 30yrs!) or New York everytime I wanna go somewhere. I sure hope this gets passed, and QUICK!!

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  • RPK

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    FINALLY, some common sense legislation from The Great State of Texas! It is way past time for intelligent legislation to be introduced to protect the rights of law abiding citizens. Another Bill that was passed was in reference to The Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) which, the way it is being handled, makes it nearly impossible for certain honorably retired LEO’s to obtain their LEOSA License. case in point, the U.S. Air Force has made it SO DIFFICULT, it is beyond attainment unless you reside in San Antonio, Texas where the SP/SF HQ is. What a boon doggle! An individual voluntarily sacrifices 20 years in the armed forces and once they retire, are treated like a second class citizen within the military community and a threat to national security. RIDICULOUS!!! I would hope they fix all these issues for the good people of this country who worked hard to earn these opportunities or why bother? Otherwise, it is just a “paper tiger”, a “dog and pony show”…

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