U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today released the following comments regarding the U.S. House passage of H.R.822, the Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act:
"Michigan is one of 49 states in the nation which currently has a law allowing individuals to receive a license to carry a concealed weapon. Some warned that right-to-carry laws would lead to an increase in crime, but the facts bare out that just the opposite is true. Violent crime has gone down substantially across the nation as more and more states instituted right-to-carry laws. When criminals know that law abiding citizens have the ability to defend themselves, they have to think twice before victimizing people.
"This legislation simply allows those who have gotten the training to receive a permit to carry in their home state to use that permit in other states. The bill also requires that concealed weapons permit holders abide by the local laws in the state where they choose to exercise this right and thus is not a federalization of gun laws.
"Just as another state cannot deny driver license holders from Michigan the ability to drive in that state, they should not deny concealed carry permit holders from Michigan the right to carry. I applaud the passage of this legislation that strengthens the constitutional rights of all Americans."
Background: H.R.822 allows 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. This measure 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. In addition, H.R.822 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 the state.