Congressman Cliff Stearns, Florida Republican, has proposed legislation that would allow any fire arm owner who is also a conceal carry permit holder in his own state to cross state lines within the country and not be considered to be breaking the firearm carry laws of another state. Currently, the law allows for individuals who carry conceal permits from states that are only accepted or “reciprocal” in other states. H.R. 822 would change this.
The legislation would make all 50 states recognize conceal carry gun permits from other state. Rep. Stearns put out a statement to Florida’s WINK news about the bill:
“An individual’s license to drive is valid in other states, and my bill would apply that principle to concealed carry permits.”
The second amendment has not come up much in the presidential debates among the GOP candidates, but all eight Republicans will be in Orlando to debate each other on Thursday, and this bill will be a just the thing to kick off where the candidates exactly are on the right to bear arms.