Press Release: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014, which would allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that also has concealed carry laws. The legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Sens. Thune (R-SD), Vitter (R-LA), Graham (R-SC), Boozman (R-AR), Inhofe (R-OK), Crapo (R-ID), Burr (R-NC), Cochran (R-MS), Johanns (R-NE), Enzi (R-WY), Moran (R-KS), Roberts (R-KS), and Portman (R-OH).
This bill strengthens two of our nation’s most fundamental rights, ensuring law-abiding gun owners can lawfully carry their weapons into like-minded states, while respecting the rights of states to adopt laws that are best-suited for the people of that state. This is an important affirmation of the Second Amendment and one that has been a top priority of law-abiding gun owners in Texas for some time. It is time to get this done.
The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014 would treat state-issued concealed-carry permits like drivers’ licenses, allowing law-abiding citizens with concealed carry privileges to concealed-carry in any other states that also permit it by law.
Press Release: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a sobering reminder that even as we enter the year 2014, people around the world continue to be victims of slavery and human trafficking.
Tragically, these horrendous crimes are occurring at an alarming rate in our own state. 25% of human trafficking victims are located in Texas.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced several pieces of legislation he is working to pass in the Senate to help law enforcement track down and prosecute these criminals, and provide support for the victims of these crimes.
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act
This bill would create a deficit-neutral fund to increase support and protection for victims of human trafficking, and would assist law enforcement in targeting organized criminal networks and cartels involved in human trafficking.
Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) has introduced the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.
This bill will give prosecutors and child welfare agencies the tools they need to tackle domestic minor sex trafficking and help make sure victims of these horrific crimes receive the support they need, by ensuring that minors who are sold for sex aren’t prosecuted as defendants, but are instead recognized as victims.
For more information about Sen. Cornyn’s efforts to assist human trafficking victims, please visit his website.
For additional resources, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) online or at 1-888-373-7888.