Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Introduced With Huge GOP Support

Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act in the U.S. Senate today.

In a joint press release issued earlier today, the two senators announced the bill to allow "individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state’s laws."

“This bill focuses on two of our country’s most fundamental constitutional protections– the Second Amendment’s right of citizens to keep and bear arms and the Tenth Amendment’s right of states to make laws best-suited for their residents,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this important legislation for law-abiding gun owners nationwide.”

What is interesting about this press release is the long list of Republican co-sponsors, which wasn't the case before. They include the following U.S. Senators: John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), David Perdue (R-GA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), John Thune (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

It's no surprise there aren't Democrats co-sponsors.

The press release expands on what this legislation would set out to accomplish (key points are bolded):

Protecting Fundamental Constitutional Rights:

  • Allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while they are traveling or temporarily living away from home.
  • Allows individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to conceal carry in any other states that also allow concealed carry.
  • Treats state-issued concealed carry permits like drivers’ licenses where an individual can use their home-state license to drive in another state, but must abide by that other state’s speed limit or road laws.

Respecting State Sovereignty*:*

  • Does not establish national standards for concealed carry.
  • Does not provide for a national concealed carry permit.
  • Does not allow a resident to circumvent their home state’s concealed carry permit laws. If under current law an individual is prohibited by federal law from carrying a firearm, they will continue to be prohibited from doing so under our bill.
  • Respects state laws concerning specific types of locations in which firearms may not be carried and types of firearms which may not be carried by the visiting individual.
  • Protects states’ rights by not mandating the right to concealed carry in places that do not allow the practice.

A Senate bill was previously introduced last Congressional session as with one in the House. Sadly, this bill won't pass out of the House of Representatives given the Democrat control of that chamber during the new 116th Congressional session.

We'll continue to monitor its progress here at The Resurgent.

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The statement about the long list of co-sponsors and that not being the case before is wrong or misleading. I don't know about the press release, but using your own link, all of the Senators mentioned that were in office the last Congress co-sponsored the legislation except for Tom Cotton (R-AR).

Three more were late with John Kennedy (R-LA) in May (3 months later), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in September and Thom Tillis (R-NC) in November, but all were co-sponsors in 2017, prior to last year, 2018.

I rescind my earlier comment of them being cowards or hypocrites. I was acting on faulty information. Cotton didn't, but I would be interested in his take. Also absent are Mike Lee and Rand Paul. I would assume that they may have issues with state sovereignty, or maybe that the bill doesn't go far enough, or maybe that it seems to further codify the idea that the government must give us permission to bear arms, which is an inherent right.


How would this work considering there are 13 states that allow concealed carry with no licensing requirements? Why should states with formalized licensing requirements allow residents from these states reciprocity? Doesn't this subvert the ideal of federalism?


This is a horrible idea. States make people go through classes and pay fees associated with the right to CC, a person should not be able to get out of these things plus avoid being put on the state CC list because they have a license in another state.

If you want a CC, apply in the state you want to carry. It's not hard.


This is a good idea. It would have been a GREAT IDEA if it had been done WHILE WE HAD CONTROL OF THE HOUSE as well. The question is, WHY WASN'T IT?


is it at all likely to get arrested on gun charges if you have a concealed carry permit in another state?

I would have expected states with concealed carry laws to be cool with another state's licensing just on norms and principle.