The nation’s largest gun-rights group, which officially opens its meeting of about 70,000 people Friday in Indianapolis, wants Congress to require that concealed-weapons permits issued in one state be recognized everywhere, even when the local requirements differ.
Advocates say the effort would eliminate a patchwork of state-specific regulations that lead to carriers unwittingly violating the law when traveling.
“Right now, it takes some legal research to find out where you are or are not legal depending on where you are,” said Guy Relford, a lawyer who has sued communities for violating an Indiana law that bars local gun regulation. “I don’t think that’s right.”
Opponents fear the measure would allow more lenient gun regulations to trump stricter ones when permit holders travel across state lines.
While I would welcome such nationwide reciprocity, I don’t think it’s going to ever happen. And, if it does, it won’t “allow more lenient gun regulations to trump stricter ones.” Does anyone really think that states with “may issue” and strict regulations are going to allow non-residents and travelers from non-strict ones to conceal-carry? Remember: These “may issue” and strict states include NY, NJ, and California; high-population states with a lot of Democratic representatives, and liberal senators.
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