S.845 - Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009

A bill to amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to allow citizens who have concealed carry permits from the State in which they reside to carry concealed firearms in another State that grants concealed carry permits, if the individual complies with the laws of the State. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: A bill to amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to allow citizens who have concealed carry permits from the State in which they reside to carry concealed firearms in another State that grants concealed carry permits, if the individual complies with the laws of the State. as introduced.
  • Short: Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009 as introduced.

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  • andoerin 07/20/2009 4:51am
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    I thought this was already the case. I know my Grandpa is from Tennesee and has a CCW. He caries everywhere and as far as I had known has always had his CCW respected in other states who have CCW programs.

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    loarmistead 07/20/2009 8:08am


    That website has the current reciprocity map. For most of the country your grandpa is safe to carry his concealed weapon along with his permit. The places concealed carriers have to look out for are the typical leftist bastions.


    This website lists which states accept other permits. As you can see, it’s a tangled mess and it would save local and state governments a lot of time and money if reciprocity were national.

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    apache01 07/23/2009 12:22pm

    You can also search for concealed weapons laws by state, and it should show you a map of all the states that recognize your grandpas permit. Some of the idiots who voted no on this, say it’s all about their state maybe having more stringent training and background checks to even get a permit, but they aren’t figuring in, the there are also other states who may actually have more requirements than their state, so their state, may be one of the less demanding than even my own state. But the Constitution provides that we ALL are allowed to protect ourselves and families, no matter where we are.

  • slevy77 07/20/2009 8:05am

    That is unfortunately not the case. Though many states do honor your Grandpa’s CCW, there are many that do not. What this bill will do will make it universal throughout every state, so he does not have to worry which state he is in, to whether it is legal for him to carry concealed. Similar to the Bill that allows police officers to carry throughout every state now. Before they were unable to legally.

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  • NantachieRat 07/21/2009 5:57pm

    Kudos to Sens. Vitter & Thune! The 2nd Amendment clearly gives individuals the right to carry concealed weapons. Unfortunately, there are powerful forces that have been trying for decades to find a way to totaly ban any fire arm for any reason. It is therefore necessary to clarify and renforce the 2nd Amendment to combat the seemingly endless creativity of those who oppose it.

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    JohnF 07/22/2009 3:20am

    The 2nd amendment does not give CCW to individuals. It does give the right to bear arms. It seems that the bearing is best not done in the open.

    It seems to me the most prudent action is to allow this national reprocity as a way to respect the full faith and credit of other states. After all, that is in the Constitution also. This seems as common sense as honoring another state’s driver’s license but following that state’s driving laws.

    Am I missing something?

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    apache01 07/23/2009 12:37pm

    I personally agree with you 100%. It is that clear and simple, yet for some unknown reason, people want to over complicate some things that really should be that simple. Even here in Ky. I still have to undergo all the same background checks before I purchase a weapon, and also for a Concealed Permit. So, as you said, it really should be as simple as recognizing another states driver’s license. I’ve had those in three different states over the last 30+ years, and not every state gives the road test in the same manner, yet that license is still legal in every state. Very good example!

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    apache01 07/23/2009 12:29pm

    I’m a veteran, and the oath I took, was to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from ALL enemies, both foreign and domestic. I’m not quite sure, but I do believe that all of our elected officials from the state levels and up, had to take oathes saying something similar. So, if they did take that oath upon taking office, to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic, that means those publicly elected officials who are opposed to parts of our Constitution, and who are trying to change certain parts of it for “Big Business” or for whomever, are truthfully commiting an act of Treason by NOT protecting the Constitution as it is, and those, should be not only removed from office and banned forever from any office, but tried, just as any other person commiting Treason against our country and our people. But hey, that’s just how I feel about it. Maybe others haven’t given that any thought before now.

  • hank1953 07/22/2009 3:54am

    This is way overdue. I am glad to see one of my Senators has signed on to this bill.

  • TEA 07/22/2009 10:35am

    Seems like we need to try again on this one

  • Gambaplayer 07/23/2009 7:12am

    The real force of the Thune-Vitter ammendment is to provide a federally legal means for truckers to defend themselves in an increasingly dangerous job travelling our nation’s highways. Heretofore, the federal statutes have prevented truckers from even having a firearm in their truck.

  • traylorjonathan 07/24/2009 2:34pm

    YES!!! More freedom to the law abiding Man and less SOCIALISM!!! WAY TO GO!!!!

  • apache01 07/27/2009 4:49am

    Yes, more freedoms for the law abiding people in this country, but even more so, less socailism, AND less TYRANNY! Every day up in Washington, more and more politicians, and lobyists groups from one portion of the wealthy and powerful, are doing all they can to pass laws without the publicity and knowledge of the people of the US, in order to take more away from us as a nation! As I said previously, those within our own government NOT defending the Constitution as it was given to us by our forefathers, should everyone be tried and convicted for Treason against this nation. No questions asked. Just as they themselves did with the actor who become a member of one of the terrorist groups a few years back. He was tried and found guilty of Treason, so why aren’t they also? Keeping our weapons, is our first line of defense for our families and ourselves, not just against criminals, but against a tyrannical government also under the Constitution of the United States of America.

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