Rutledge Calls on Congress to Allow Concealed Carry Reciprocity
December 1, 2017
Says, ‘protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights as they travel across the country’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined a coalition of 25 states urging Congress to pass legislation to allow law-abiding individuals to travel state to state while lawfully exercising their right to carry.
In the letter sent today to House and Senate leadership, the attorneys general explained that the Second Amendment historically has guaranteed the right to carry firearms outside the home for self-defense, but some states refuse to recognize any out-of-state concealed carry permits. The Attorneys General believe Congress should enact concealed carry reciprocity legislation to help implement the right to self-defense.
“Congress should step in to protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights as they travel across the country,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “The idea that some states do not accept any out-of-state concealed carry permits is unconstitutional and puts their residents at a greater risk of danger. The potential presence of a concealed carry holder often deters others from engaging in violence.”
The letter also notes that both the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun but do not allow for firearms carried by felons, those involuntarily committed to mental health facilities and other persons prohibited by federal law from possessing or receiving firearms.
In addition to Arkansas, the states of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming signed the letter.