The top legislative priority for gun owners in the previous Congress was passage of a national concealed carry reciprocity bill. The measure sailed through the House on a bipartisan 272 to 154 vote only to die at the hands of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who refused to bring it to the floor. Since President Obama won’t waste an opportunity to exploit the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the measure is being brought back to life.
Rep. Marlin Stutzman, Indiana Republican, earlier this month proposed a law to give anyone who can legally carry a concealed weapon in his home state the right to do so in another. Citizens of Arizona, Vermont, Wyoming and Alaska, where permits are not required, wouldn’t have to obtain one to take advantage of the reciprocity.
“If we’re going to talk about gun laws, let’s make sure both sides are presented to the American people,” Mr. Stutzman says. “This is nothing disrespectful to Newtown or other shootings. This is more for law-abiding citizens — who have a right to carry in their states — to eliminate confusion so they have their Second Amendment rights protected and recognized.” The National Rifle Association supports this legislation.
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