U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), a member of the Second Amendment Task Force, applauded House passage of H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, which would require states allowing concealed carry to recognize each others' lawfully-issued concealed firearm permits. Lummis released the following statement:
"The U.S. Constitution guarantees law-abiding American citizens the right to keep and bear arms, regardless of where they make their home. However, laws differ in many states, creating a patchwork of compliance for law-abiding citizens with concealed firearm permits. This important legislation will require concealed-carry states to honor out-of-state firearm permits and is welcome news for Wyoming firearm owners who travel out of state and deal with inconsistent laws. House passage of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 strengthens our fundamental Second Amendment rights. This legislation is a victory for law-abiding citizens."
· H.R. 822 simply requires that concealed carry states honor permits from other concealed carry states.
· H.R. 822 does NOT federalize concealed carry laws or lay the groundwork for more federal gun regulation.
· H.R. 822 does not require any new federal regulations for its implementation.
· State laws would still govern the issuance of concealed weapon permits.
· Forty states have right-to-carry laws.
Thirty-six have "shall issue" permit laws (including Alaska, which also allows carrying without a permit),
Three have fairly administered "discretionary issue" permit laws, Vermont allows carrying without a permit. (Eight states have restrictive discretionary issue laws.)
· Most right-to-carry states have adopted their laws in the last decade.