Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. I appreciate your taking the time to contact me and express your views on this issue.
I understand your concerns regarding the differing laws between states pertaining to carrying concealed firearms. And, while I support the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution which expressly recognizes the right to bear arms, I do not support efforts to ease current regulations on individuals carrying concealed weapons.
As you may know, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, H.R. 822, was introduced by Representative Cliff Stearns (R-FL) on February 18, 2011. This legislation would provide a national standard, across all states, for nonresidents of a state to carry a concealed firearm there. Currently, these laws are determined on a state-by-state basis.
H.R. 822 has garnered 83 cosponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. Please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind as I continue to closely monitor this legislation in the House of Representatives.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. Your thoughts and opinions on this issue are of great value. Please feel free to use my office as a resource at any time, and visit www.cicilline.house.gov for up-to-date information on a wide range of issues before Congress.