“It's a good bill, that's going to save a lot of lives because people should be able to protect themselves, not only in their home state but all across the country," Pratt explained.

Pratt says it would end confusing and conflicting state laws that end up punishing law abiding gun owners.

"People would no longer be scared to travel with their firearm. It's already constitutionally protected and yet people do live in fear of that," he said.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), a co-sponsor of the bill, says it comes with some conditions and limitations.

"The idea is that if you have a concealed permit in one state, you can also carry a concealed weapon in another state, as long as you follow that other state's laws," Rounds said.

Critics say this concealed carry push could be a difficult balancing act for Republicans, who generally advocate against federal encroachment on states’ rights.

"I think that this is certainly the paradox of this bill," said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety. "Most Republicans say states rights, states rights, states rights and resent the fact that Washington has so many regulations and determines how we live," he said.

time to start specking up and letting you reps know you want this to pass


Lawmakers push national concealed carry reciprocity act