IACP Opposes Nationwide Concealed Carry Legislation

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Nationwide Concealed Carry Legislation Under Consideration in Senate
S. 845 would undermine state and local firearms regulations

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) recently introduced S. 845, Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009. S. 845 would allow an individual to carry concealed firearms when visiting another state as long as the individual was entitled to carry concealed firearms pursuant to the laws of his or her home state.

The IACP is strongly opposed to this legislation. It is the IACP’s belief that states and localities should have the right to determine who is eligible to carry firearms in their communities. It is essential that state and local governments maintain the ability to legislate concealed carry laws that best fit the needs of their communities. (A copy of IACP’s letter opposing S. 845 is available at the link below).

Specifically, S. 845 would:

  • Require states to allow a person to carry concealed weapons even if the person carrying the concealed weapon is barred from possessing guns under the law of the state in which they wish to carry.
    • For example, Alaska allows adult residents of the state to carry a concealed weapon without a license or background check as long as they are allowed to possess a gun – even if they have committed violent misdemeanors, have committed misdemeanor sex offenses against minors, or are dangerously mentally ill and have been voluntarily committed to a mental institution. S. 845 would force every state to allow all Alaskans who are permitted to carry loaded, concealed firearms, including these criminals and dangerous mentally ill people, to carry concealed guns in every other state, even if that state completely bans gun possession by such persons.
  • Undermine state concealed carry licensing systems by allowing out of state visitors to carry concealed firearms even if those visitors have not met the standards for carrying a concealed weapon in the state they are visiting. For example, some states require a person to show that they know how to use a firearm or meet minimum training standards before obtaining a concealed carry license. These states would be forced to allow out of state visitors to carry concealed weapons even if they do not meet that state’s concealed licensing standards.

The IACP is working to defeat this dangerous legislation, but we need your assistance. Please contact your Senators today and let them know that you are opposed to this legislation and urge them to oppose it as well.

If you need assistance in contacting your Senators or if you have any questions, please contact IACP’s Legislative Affairs staff at 703/836-6767 ext. 211 or via e-mail at Voegtlin@theiacp.org.

Click here to view the letter.