House passes bill allowing concealed carry across state lines

Bill now heads to the Senate

KTVE/KARD - According to Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, the U.S. House of Representatives just passed Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which would allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons in states where they do not reside.

Beyond being a basic constitutional right, states that do not allow non-residents to carry concealed weapons leave these citizens in danger and with no real option for self-defense in instances of gun violence.

The bill now heads to the senate. If the Senate passes the bill, it will then head to the President's desk for signing.

Read more on the bill below:

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

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