Yesterday, Congressman Rick Crawford voted for H.R. 822 The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 that 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. Crawford is part of a bi-partisan group of 245 House members who co-sponsored H.R. 822. The bill passed the House on bi-partisan vote of 272 to 154.
"Protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans is paramount. Today's measure will give Arkansans with concealed carry permits the freedom to cross state lines and still be within compliance of the law," said Crawford. "The new law will make state-issued concealed carry permits work much like a driver's license. A concealed carry permit from Arkansas would be recognized in every state that permits carrying concealed weapons."
H.R. 822 does not preempt a state's ability to set concealed-carry requirements for its own residents. The measure also does not create a national database of gun owners. No new government rules or regulations for gun owners are created under H.R. 822. Individuals will still be required to abide by concealed carry laws of the state in which they are in at any given time. Additionally, H.R. 822 would have no effect on how the permitless carry states' laws work within those states.