Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, applauded today's passage of H.R. 822. Recognizing that it is every American's fundamental right to carry and bear arms, Franks stated:
"This is common-sense legislation that is good for all gun owners and the citizenry they protect. The law simplifies the national patchwork of concealed carry laws. Much like driver's licenses -- a state-issued form of identification that is recognized and accepted no matter what state an American citizen might happen to visit -- American permit holders' documentation will now be recognized and accepted in 49 of the 50 states, making the system more sensible and more fair to American gun owners.
"As the Supreme Court recently affirmed in District of Columbia v. Heller, the right to bear arms is a fundamental, individual right. This Constitutional right to defend oneself and one's family should not be limited to only when one is at home.
"Criminals have always preferred unarmed victims and H.R. 822 ensures Americans can continue to protect themselves and their families, even when they cross state lines."