Although a similar bill failed not long ago, A Florida Republican
and a North Carolina Congressman are gearing up for another try.
Here's Florida Representative Sterns announcement.
STEARNS OFFERS NATIONAL
RIGHT-TO-CARRY RECIPROCITY ACT
PROTECTS THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES
Washington, Feb 23 -
“The right to self defense is unquestionable
and the right to carry a firearm is recognized
in our Constitution,” said Rep. Cliff
Stearns (R-FL). “Today, 48 states
have laws permitting concealed carry of a
firearm in some circumstances, and this
legislation would allow any person with
a valid state-issued concealed firearm
carry permit or license to carry a concealed
handgun in any other state.”
Stearns, joined by Rep. Health Shuler (D-NC),
offered H.R. 822, the National Right-To-Carry
Reciprocity Act. Noted Stearns, “It is important
to note this bill would not create a federal
licensing system. It would merely require states
to recognize each other’s carry permits,
just as they recognize drivers` licenses and
carry permits held by armored car guards.”
Forty states, accounting for two-thirds
of the U.S. population, have right-to-carry
laws. Thirty-six have "shall issue" permit
laws (including Alaska, which also allows
carrying without a permit), three have
fairly administered "discretionary issue"
permit laws, and Vermont allows carrying
without a permit. (Eight states have restrictive
discretionary issue laws.) Most right-to-carry
states have adopted their laws in the last decade.
Added Stearns, “Citizens with carry permits
are more law-abiding than the general public.
In my home state of Florida, only 0.01%
of nearly 1.2 million permits issued have
been revoked because of firearm crimes by
permit holders. States with right-to-carry
laws have lower violent crime rates.
According to FBI figures, on average the
rate is 22% lower for total violent crime,
30% lower for murder, 46% lower for
robbery, and 12% lower for aggravated
assault, compared to the rest of the country.”
BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA MOST WANTED