April 30, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), along with several of their Senate GOP colleagues, this week to introduce the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation will allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws, while still abiding by that state’s laws.
“The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is common-sense legislation that protects law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense and to keep and bear arms when traveling between states that allow concealed carry,” said Inhofe. “I am glad to join Sen. Cornyn in introducing this bill and I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this proposal through the Senate.”
“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 Cornyn. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this important legislation for law-abiding gun owners nationwide.”
“Law-abiding Tennesseans who are permitted to carry a firearm should be able to exercise that constitutional right in other states, consistent with those state’s laws, without having to obtain a separate permit,” said Hagerty. “The constitutional right of self-defense should not disappear while traveling or temporarily living away from home, which is why I’ve joined Senator John Cornyn in introducing this legislation that respects constitutional rights and individual state laws while eliminating unnecessary bureaucracy.”
“This bill reduces confusion and legal inconsistencies for responsible gun owners when they travel outside of their home state, while also respecting states’ rights to set their own laws. I’m happy to again support this bill,” said Grassley.
The legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), John Barrasso (R-Wy.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wy.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.).
Background on the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:
Protecting Fundamental Constitutional Rights:
Respecting State Sovereignty: