Attorney General Fox Urges Passage of Nationwide Concealed Carry Reciprocity Legislation

In a letter sent to Congressional leadership late last week, Attorney General Tim Fox joined 22 other state attorneys general in urging Congress to pass legislation establishing nationwide reciprocity for concealed weapon permits.

The U.S. Senate’s Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (S. 446) and its U.S. House counterpart, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38), would establish in federal law nationwide reciprocity for state-issued concealed weapon permits. These bills would allow concealed carry permits to be recognized in all 50 states and U.S. Territories, regardless of where they were issued.

“Individuals who obtain concealed carry permits are, by and large, the most responsible gun owners in our communities,” said Attorney General Tim Fox. “Self-defense is the primary reason to obtain a concealed carry permit, and is a central component of the Second Amendment. Nationwide reciprocity for concealed carry permits would provide our nation’s most responsible gun owners the assurance that their right to self-defense under the Second Amendment is recognized, regardless of which state they are in.”

The 23 attorneys general requesting Congress pass this legislation each serve as the top law enforcement officer of their respective state, and understand the value of responsible firearm ownership through concealed carry permits. Concealed carry permit holders are far less likely to engage in criminal activity, and can actually deter crime. Yet, ten states currently refuse to recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits.

Those states include: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, as well the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories of Guam and Puerto Rico.

The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (S. 446) and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. The bills also preserve existing firearm restrictions by not allowing felons, those involuntarily committed to mental health facilities, or other persons prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms.

Joining Attorney General Fox in signing the letter are attorneys general from, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Click here to view the full letter.