Concealed Carry

Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons Across State Lines

Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons Across State Lines

Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons Across State Lines

By Tim Devaney | The Hill

Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons Across State Lines

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Gun owners would be allowed to carry concealed weapons around the country under new legislation introduced in the Senate.

The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit in their home state to bring their firearms in any other state with concealed-carry laws.

“This operates more or less like a driver’s license,” Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the second-ranking Republican in the upper chamber, told The Hill. “So, for example, if you have a driver’s license in Texas, you can drive in New York, in Utah and other places, subject to the laws of those states.”

Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said this would “eliminate some of the ‘gotcha moments,’ where people inadvertently cross state lines” with guns they are legally allowed to carry in their home state.

The National Rifle Association endorsed the bill Thursday, calling it a “much-needed solution to a real problem for gun owners.”

“The current patchwork of state and local laws is confusing for even the most conscientious and well-informed concealed carry permit holders. This confusion often leads to law-abiding gun owners running afoul of the law when they exercise their right to self-protection while traveling or temporarily living away from home,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

“Our fundamental right to self-defense does not stop at a state’s borders. Law abiding citizens should be able to exercise this right while traveling across state lines,” Cox added.

Gun control groups say the bill poses a significant danger for society at a time when lawmakers should be strengthening background checks to address recent shootings.

“Federally imposed concealed carry laws interfere with states’ fundamental right to determine who is too dangerous to carry hidden, loaded guns in public,” Everytown for Gun Safety President John Feinblatt told The Hill.

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Columbine Student Proposes Concealed Carry in Schools

Columbine Student Proposes Concealed Carry in Schools

Columbine Student Proposes Concealed Carry in Schools

By Janelle O’Dea | Craig Daily Press

Columbine Student Proposes Concealed Carry in Schools

Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, believes if teachers were allowed to carry concealed weapons, more of his friends would still be alive.

Neville was a student at Columbine High School in 1999 when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold carried explosive devices and firearms into the school and killed 12 students and one teacher, injuring two dozen others.

On Jan. 29, Neville introduced HB15-1168. It proposes the repeal of a part of Colorado’s concealed carry law.

Currently, the law does not allow permit holders to carry weapons on school property and Neville’s bill would allow it. Concealed carry permit owners must be at least 21 years of age, a Colorado resident and not precluded by federal or state law from owning a handgun. There are several other requirements as well, including a background check with fingerprint verification and firearms training.

Permits can be obtained through county sheriff departments. The permit and photo identification must be carried with the firearm at all times, according to the Colorado State Patrol website.

All of the concealed carry requirements would remain the same for faculty or staff, Neville said.

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said he supports the bill and “puts particular credence” in it because it comes from a Columbine student.

“By the time the police get there, it’s all over,” Kinkaid said. “It would be better to stop a violent criminal who’s intent on harming kids sooner rather than later.”

The Columbine survivor wants to protect future generations from experiencing the kind of tragedy he lived through. He also wants to give Colorado parents more security when sending their kids to school.

“I just wake up every day and take my daughter to school with blind faith, and it’s scary,” Neville said.

Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice said he agrees with the law as it’s currently written.

“The current law says no guns on school property unless they are used for educational purpose and administrators on site are told,” Curtice said.

But Neville thinks current policy is falling short and the number of school shootings in the United States over the past decade prove it is lacking.

“I’d say we’ve tried it their way for quite some time now and it’s just gotten worse and worse,” Neville said. “I’m worried because internationally terrorists target schools so I think this is even more needed now.”

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