The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012
Today, 41 of our 50 states have a Right to Carry Law in effect. These are the states that issue licenses to law abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms or allow the carrying of concealed firearms. The problems at the moment are the fact that these laws vary from one state to the next and a license issued in one RTC state is recognized by other RTC states. That is wrong. The National Reciprocity Act of 2012, if it passes the Senate vote and is signed into law will rectify that wrong.
- A National RTC (Right to Carry) Reciprocity Law.
- U.S. House of Representatives Adopts Right-to-Carry Reciprocity
- The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012, S. 2188
A National RTC (Right to Carry) Reciprocity Law.
With a Right to Carry law in effect in the vast majority of the states, why should not a duly licensed citizen of one RTC state be able to carry his or her concealed weapon in another RTC state? Self-defense is a fundamental right. The U.S. constitution, the constitutions of 44 states, common law, and the laws of all states recognize the right to use arms in self-defense. RTC laws respect the right to self-defense by allowing individuals to carry firearms for protection. So why cannot a citizen with a valid concealed carry permit issued in say North Dakota carry his or her concealed weapon in say Wisconsin? Unfortunately, the state RTC Laws differ significantly from one RTC State to the next and the RTC States do not recognized the permits issued by any RTC State other than their own. This was not the intent of the Federal Constitution, the individual state constitutions, nor the common law. The discrepancies in the RTC Laws is wrong and unconstitutional in the truest meaning of the United States Constitution and the constitutions of the individual states. Only a National RTC Reciprocity Law will make this wrong right. A National Reciprocity Law would require all RTC States to recognize a duly issued concealed carry permit no matter what state issued the permit.
U.S. House of Representatives Adopts Right-to-Carry Reciprocity
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, the ongoing effort to fully vindicate the fundamental, individual right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense took a major step forward with House passage of H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.” The bill, sponsored by Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), which has 245 cosponsors, was approved by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 272-154. It was a day of celebration for those of us who fight to keep our Second Amendment rights and a day of abject horrors for the likes of the Brady Bunch who would love to take all our rights to self-defense away from us. Now the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012,” S. 2188, is before the Senate.
The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012, S. 2188
U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) introduced S. 2188, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012” to the Senate body on March 13th. The bill passed the House with flying colors because of it great number of cosponsors. The Senate version of the Bill is facing strong opposition from the likes of the Brady Bunch and is in need of cosponsors and supporters. For that reason I urge every true American reading to call their Senators, to email them, to write them, urging them to throw their support to U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) ans S.2188. We need this bill to pass and we need it to be signed into law.