New law would let concealed-carry permit holders' rights in other states

Published: October 5, 2012
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In March, U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., introduced the “Respecting States' Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012.” This bill would allow those with a valid concealed-carry permit to carry a concealed handgun in other states that issues such permits. Some states don't recognize out-of-state permits to carry a firearm. If I've met the requirements and obtain a concealed-carry permit, it should be honored in any state. Law-abiding Americans with valid concealed-carry permits should have the right to carry concealed handguns for self-defense.

I'm a mother and a wife. I want to have protection against unforeseen aggressiveness when traveling to other states. Responsible citizens should have the same advantages when it comes to protecting themselves from armed attackers. The Second Amendment protects our right to carry firearms. It shouldn't be constrained by state boundary lines. Most adults who legally carry a concealed gun are law-abiding and don't misuse their firearms. I have a right to protect myself in my own home; that right shouldn't stop at state lines.

Cynthia L. Mills, Mustang



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