Manchin-Toomey deal could allow gun owners, sellers to carry, sell across state lines
Published April 13, 2013 FoxNews.com
The deal between Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey on the gun-controlled legislation scheduled for formal Senate debate next week could make it easier to carry concealed weapons across state lines.
The provision is part of the deal Manchin, D-W.V., and Toomey, R-Pa., reached earlier this week on background checks for gun buyers and will be among the first parts of the legislation that senators will consider.
The provision is similar to the Interstate Commerce Reform Act of 2012, which was sponsored by two Republicans — Rep. Steve Scalise, Louisiana, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah. The legislation failed despite strong support from the National Rifle Association.
The proposal essentially grants states “reciprocity” regarding concealed carry provisions.
In other words, the provision would grant gun owners the right to obtain a firearm and a concealed-carry permit in their home state, then use the permit to carry and conceal the firearm in another state.
Though many states have laws on buying firearms and concealed-carry permits, the federal provision, if adopted, could trump state laws. (Even though I like this little perk I don’t believe that federal law trumps state law, but in this case the Constitution trumps both – Phoebe)
The amendment states the gun owner must have been granted the permit within the past five years. However, a handful of states routinely grant lifetime permits.
The amendment also could give similar rights to firearms dealers, allowing them to sell in states beyond the one in which they were originally licensed.