Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., voted to protect Second Amendment rights by supporting H.R. 822, the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011." The bill would allow law-abiding gun owners with valid state-issued concealed firearm permits or licenses to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that also allows concealed carry.
"The right to bear arms is protected by the Constitution. If someone is legally able to carry a concealed firearm in one state, he should be able to carry a firearm in another state so long as he complies with respective laws," stated Capito.
This legislation does not preempt a state's ability to set concealed-carry requirements for its own residents. It requires states that currently permit people to carry concealed firearms to recognize other states' valid concealed carry permits -- much like the states recognize drivers' licenses issued by other states.
H.R. 822 also does not affect state laws governing how firearms are carried or used within the various states. A person visiting another state must comply with all laws and regulations governing the carrying and use of a concealed firearm within that state.