TTAG reader MK contacted U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein to ask her support for national concealed carry reciprocity. (I know, right?) The email he received from the California Democrat – who never met a gun control law she didn’t like – was less than enthusiastic . . .
Dear Mr. XXX:
Thank you for contacting me to share your views regarding the “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015” (S. 498). I appreciate the time you took to write, and I welcome the opportunity to respond . . .
On February 12, 2015, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act,” which would allow an individual who has been issued a concealed carry permit in one state to carry his or her weapon in any other state that issues concealed carry permits. This legislation would effectively allow the concealed carry gun laws of one state to nullify restrictions on concealed carry in other states.
For example, it would force California to recognize concealed carry permits issued by the State of Alabama, which does not require an applicant to undergo training to safely operate a firearm, or by the State of Arkansas, which allows individuals convicted of a violent misdemeanor, such as choking another person, to obtain a concealed carry license if the offense occurred more than five years prior to the application.
California sets a high bar for those who wish to obtain a concealed weapon permit. While felons are excluded from obtaining a concealed carry permit in any state, California’s rules disqualify individuals convicted of a violent misdemeanor, those who are subject to a temporary restraining order, and minors, among others, from obtaining a concealed carry permit. Applicants must also undergo at least four hours of safety training. I oppose any legislation that would interfere with California’s ability to enforce these standards.
Again, thank you for your letter. Knowing your views is important to me, and I hope you continue to inform me of issues that matter to you. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office in Washington DC at (202) 224-3841 or online at http://feinstein.senate.gov.
United States Senator