Press Release: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the bipartisan Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015, 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, while abiding by that state’s concealed carry laws. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Thune (R-SD) and David Vitter (R-LA) are the lead cosponsors of the bill.
This bill strengthens two of our nation’s fundamental rights – the right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and states’ rights to adopt laws that are best suited for their residents. This bill is an important affirmation of the Second Amendment and has been a top priority of law-abiding gun owners in Texas for some time.
As it stands, 15 states do not recognize Texas’ concealed handgun license (CHL). The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015 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.
Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees.