Sen. Thune reintroduces Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

WASHINGTON – South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune (R), helped to reintroduce the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act along with Texas Sen. John Cornyn and dozens of other lawmakers.

This legislation would allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other station with concealed carry laws.

Thune has been a long-time advocate for this legislation, leading efforts during several previous Congresses. “As long as I’ve been in Congress, I’ve fought for Second Amendment rights as outlined in the Constitution and have stood with law-abiding South Dakotans who choose to exercise those rights,” said Thune. “Since state borders shouldn’t restrict constitutional rights, this legislation ensures people who are legally entitled to carry a concealed firearm in one state can also carry in another state as long as they respect the laws of any other state they visit.”

Currently, if you hold a South Dakota conceal carry permit you are not allowed to conceal carry your weapon in 10 states; California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island. The state of New Mexico is listed as pending a decision on allowing South Dakota residents to conceal carry.

For the full list of states, South Dakota residents are allowed to conceal carry with permits click here. 

Background on the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:

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.

Broad Support:
• Last Congress, identical legislation had 40 cosponsors. In the 113th Congress, a nearly identical amendment authored by Thune received 57 votes in the Senate, including 13 Democrats.

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