You may have already heard or been following the ongoing discussion (for years) about trying to create a uniform policy for carrying a concealed weapon from state to state without breaking any laws. Is it possible that now is the time for this to actually gain some momentum and acceptance within the legislature? Is it something that can be changed to create uniformity among states?
As every gun owner knows, laws vary widely from state to state for a whole host of laws. This has been one of the primary issues around gun control and something that is far from being uniform in this country. However, it seems we might be getting a bit closer to at least having uniformity as it relates to concealed carry. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas is re-introducing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act to try and make this become a reality.
While every state has a law around concealed carry, the laws, like most, vary widely between states. This is one that has a chance to actually pass and make it onto the books. And with the recent widely publicized case of Shaneen Allen, it might just stand a chance. If you aren’t familiar with this case in New Jersey, it is worth the read. Here is the essence of the case as reported in The Daily Caller in their posting, “Shaneen Allen To Avoid Prison As New Jersey AG Revises Sentencing Guidance for Gun Law Violations.”
Indeed, the “mitigating” factors the attorney general’s memorandum counsels prosecutors to consider closely parallel the circumstances of Ms. Allen’s case. First, she lawfully owned the firearm and would have been lawfully able to carry it in her state of residence. Once in New Jersey, the firearm apparently never left her vehicle. She was otherwise law-abiding, and police only discovered the gun because of a routine traffic stop. Ms. Allen volunteered the presence of the firearm even before being asked about it, and police immediately took it into custody. Finally, Ms. Allen was honestly unaware that her Pennsylvania concealed carry permit did not apply in New Jersey. Given the number of out-of-state tourists who come to New Jersey for its beaches, amusement parks, and casinos — and given that most other American states recognize and respect the Second Amendment — violations of this sort are to be expected. As the attorney general recognized in his memorandum: “[I]n most of these cases, imprisonment is neither necessary nor appropriate to serve the interests of justice and protect public safety.”
So while this is now going to be re-opened by Senator Cornyn, it will be an interesting case to follow and see if the change in power in the legislature will allow this to be finally enacted. It’s definitely worth following as it could affect many of you that currently have a concealed carry permit. It would be one less thing to worry about if you could travel from state to state without the worry of arrest because you aren’t up to speed on the local concealed carry laws. There are plenty of other laws gun owners need to concern themselves with and make sure they understand. This is what I get to deal with almost every day on behalf of gun owners to help them possess and transfer firearms within the local and national laws. It would be great to not have to worry about at least one…concealed carry.