Sunday, July 19, 2009

U.S. Senate To Consider Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Amendment

Great news! The U.S. Senate will consider on Monday or Tuesday legislation that will extend right-to-carry permit reciprocity to all 50 states of the Union. (Or all 57 states, depending on your geography skills.)

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) has the details.

thune and vitter

The U.S. Senate is now considering the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1390). As a part of the consideration of that legislation, Senators John Thune (R-SD) and David Vitter (R-LA) will offer an amendment on Monday to provide for interstate recognition of Right-to-Carry permits. There is a very high likelihood of a Senate floor vote on this important and timely pro-gun reform on Monday or Tuesday.

While the right to possess firearms for self-defense within the home has long been respected under the law, for most of our nation's history, state and local governments have prohibited ordinary citizens from possessing firearms for self-defense in many settings outside the home. Recently, however, most state legislatures have taken steps to reduce those restrictions. In the last twenty years, the number of states that respect the right to carry has risen from 10 to 40 -- an all-time high.

Contact Your U.S. Senators TODAY And Urge Them To Support Your Right To Self-Defense

If I may be permitted to "put words in your mouth," here's the short sentence I composed for an email to my two U.S. Senators after clicking on the contact link above.
Please cosponsor and support the Thune-Vitter amendment to the National
Defense Authorization Act (S. 1390) to provide for interstate recognition
of Right-to-Carry permits.
At present, North Carolina's concealed-handgun permit has full reciprocity with 30 states, meaning I can legally carry my concealed handgun in NC and also in those states. Here's the current list off the N.C. Attorney General's site:
States with North Carolina Agreements
Alabama Kansas Oklahoma
Alaska Kentucky Pennsylvania
Arizona Louisiana South Carolina
Arkansas Michigan South Dakota
Colorado Mississippi Tennessee
Delaware Missouri Texas
Florida Montana Utah
Georgia New Hampshire Virginia
Idaho North Dakota Washington
Indiana Ohio West Virginia

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