NRA’s CCW plan would give Florida reciprocity with 49 states.

If Congress adopts a bill that the National Rifle Association…

If Congress adopts a bill that the National Rifle Association is pushing, Florida’s licenses would apply to 49 states in all — allowing their holders to carry hidden guns in places such as midtown Manhattan, where the New York Police Department rejects most such applications for “concealed- carry” permits.

Only Illinois and Washington D.C., where residents aren’t allowed to carry concealed handguns at all, would be exempt.

Co-sponsored by more than half the members of the U.S. House, the bill requires any state or jurisdiction that issues concealed-weapons permits to honor permits granted by any other state or jurisdiction. Rules and standards — including safety- training requirements — for granting such licenses vary by state. New Mexico requires 16 hours of training. Ohio requires 12, Texas and Louisiana, 10. At least 10 states require none.

“Law-abiding people are not immune from crime just because they cross over a state border,” said Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman for the NRA. The 4 million-member gun-rights group has lobbied state legislatures to pass concealed-carry laws since the 1980s, and it considers the federal “reciprocity” bill a common-sense approach to the state-by-state patchwork of rules, he said.

Read the rest of John Crewdson’s article at Bloomberg.com.

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  • Retired Sheepdog

    The NRA’s objectives are noble. Reciprocity with reasonable and appropriate training standards is a no-brainer. The larger issue is preservation of our freedoms – God-given and codified in our Bill of Rights.