U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga and the House this week voted to strengthen the Second Amendment rights of Americans by passing H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which allows those who can legally carry a concealed weapon in their state, like Michigan, to legally carry a concealed weapon in all states.
"As a sportsman and responsible gun owner, I strongly support this bill. While the Constitution protects rights to own a weapon, we must remain vigilant to ensure that the government, both on the state and federal levels, does not overstep these bounds. I am committed to be an advocate for West Michigan's Second Amendment rights and responsible gun ownership during my time in Congress, honoring the oath I took to support and defend the Constitution. That's why I support the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act," Huizenga said.
To date, 48 states allow concealed carrying permits in some circumstances, but not all of those allow visitors with permits to carry.
The legislation will not create a federal licensing system or expand government. No new federal rules or regulations are required to implement it. It simply requires states to honor one another's carry permits. A licensed carrier would then follow the laws of the state they entered, much like following the speed limit from state-to-state.
H.R. 822 is supported by many pro-Second Amendment organizations, including the NRA.