Much of this borrowed text from the NRA. Just want to credit appropriately.
Congressmen Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) have introduced vital legislation that will enable millions of permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states.
There are now only two states that have no clear legal way for individuals to carry concealed firearms for self-defense. Thirty-nine states have shall-issue permit systems that make it possible for any law-abiding person to obtain a permit, while most of the others have discretionary permit systems.
H.R. 822 would make a major step forward for gun owners’ rights by significantly expanding where those permits are recognized.
Dozens of states have passed carry laws over the past 25 years because the right to self-defense does not end when one leaves home. However, interstate recognition of those permits is not uniform and creates great confusion and potential problems for the traveler. While many states have broad reciprocity, others have very restrictive reciprocity laws. Still others deny recognition completely.
H.R. 822 would solve this problem by requiring that lawfully issued carry permits be recognized, while protecting the ability of the various states to determine the areas where carrying is prohibited. The bill would not create a federal licensing system; rather, it would require the states to recognize each others' carry permits, just as they recognize drivers' licenses and carry permits held by armored car guards. Rep. Stearns has introduced similar legislation since 1995.
In the few weeks since its introduction, H.R. 822 has added over 163 cosponsors. Check this site to see if your Congressman is a cosponsor:
However, more support is needed to make this bill a higher priority.
If your Congressman is not yet a cosponsor, respectfully urge him or her to support the fundamental right to self-defense by becoming a cosponsor of H.R. 822. If your Representative is already a cosponsor, please offer your thanks for his or her support.
For my fellow Texans, Texas Senate Bill 1581, a higher education finance measure by state Senator Steve Ogden (R-Bryan), now contains language allowing Concealed Handgun Licensees to protect themselves on public college and university campuses. This bill has already passed the Senate and moved to the House for consideration. Representative, Myra Crownover, my district's rep is a key member of the House committee that will consider the bill next and determine whether the campus carry language remains in SB 1581. Unfortunately, she is a conservative in campaign only and I've noticed that she isn't what I would call "citizen friendly".
This may represent the only chance to pass campus carry legislation this session. The House Calendars Committee has not set House Bill 750, the lone-standing campus carry bill by state Representative Joe Driver (R-Garland), for consideration by the full House with legislative deadlines looming at the end of this week.
If you are a Concealed Handgun Licensee - even if you never intend to carry in a campus setting - you should be alarmed at hysterical nature of opponents' arguments against this proposal and their attempts to portray fellow license holders as unlawful and irresponsible criminals! All gun owners and CHLs need to weigh in on this fundamental debate about the right of an individual - especially one who has passed a background check and completed a training course - to protect himself or herself.
"I don't think Hank done it this way" - Waylon
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