House Resolution 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would let Kansans take their handguns across state lines and enjoy the same permit-free concealed-carry privileges they have at home - even where gun laws are much more strict - according to the official bill summary and the office of Rep. Ron Estes, R-Wichita.
"This vote marks a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights", said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action.
Because this issue is so very important to millions of Americans, especially those who live in and visit states with harsh gun control laws like California, New Jersey, and NY, we look forward to working with our friends in the Senate to improve and pass the bill so that the right to bear arms will no longer stop at state borders or city lines.
Since a change in IL law in 2013, all states allow some form of concealed carry - although some have strict requirements to obtain a permit. "They're going to be a million people here in about three weeks, and that would be perfectly legal even if it was against NY state law". The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] approved the bill late last month despite severe opposition to the bill from 17 states [JURIST report].
Two New Jersey Republicans- Chris Smith of the 4th District and Leonard Lance of the 7th District-voted against the bill. Lynn Jenkins, Roger Marshall and Kevin Yoder all voted for the measure, which has been a high priority for the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups.
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"This bill ensures that all law-abiding citizens in our great country can protect themselves in the manner they see fit without accidentally running afoul of the law". Mikie Sherrill, the most successful fundraiser now facing Frelinghuysen, quickly issued a statement opposing his vote on the bill. "We are now one step closer to restoring our constitutional right-to-carry across state lines".
But news of the bill's approval has been enthusiastically received among conservatives.
A similar bill is now pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"This legislation allows a qualified individual to carry a concealed firearm in any state".