PA Bill Number: SB640
Title: Providing for reporting allegations of fraud relating to elections and imposing duties on the Auditor General.
Description: An Act providing for reporting allegations of fraud relating to elections and imposing duties on the Auditor General.
Last Action: Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT
Last Action Date: May 6, 2021
Senate Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Introduced :: 05/03/2021
On April 29, 2021 Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), in introducing a bill called the “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.” The introduction of this legislation is another step in the direction of freedom. While similar measures have been introduced in the past, it’s important to note that many laws are only instated after the corresponding bill has been introduced a few times. It’s obvious this isn’t a slam dunk to be approved this year, as there will probably not be enough support from left of center congresscritters, but it’s still important to continue to introduce such bills, and honestly, this bill could actually prove to be more popular in the Senate than the background check bills approved by House Democrats earlier this year.
Earlier in the year a similar bill was re-introduced by Congressman Richard Hudson, of North Carolina. His bill, H.R. 38: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act., seems like it may differ than the proposed Senate version. The proposed text of S 1522 is not yet available, but from the press release the following is noted:
Some of that language might be subtle, but it’s important. Back when Hudson originally introduced H.R. 38, the text of the bill was similar, however it was changed. The change revolved around the state of issuance of any CCW permit. Hudson’s bill has the following text, which seems like an increase in scope of who may or may not qualify under the Act:
The Senate version does not seem to address the matter of non-resident CCWs, whereas the House version does.
The concept of reciprocity is an important one, as many people have fallen victim of draconian laws unknowingly. The gold standard of how entrapped a person can become because there are no such measures in place would be the case of Shaneen Allen. Allen, a resident of Pennsylvania, was arrested in New Jersey for unlawfully being in possession of a firearm. She was unaware of the blatant disregard towards the Bill of Rights which New Jersey subscribes to and willingly volunteered the fact she was armed during a traffic stop (which was questionable to begin with). Allen was a lawful gun owner and had a permit to carry in her home state. Only through public outcry and the generosity of former Governor Chris Christi was Allen able to enter into a pre trial intervention program. If something similar would happen today, it is doubtful Governor “the Bill of Rights is above my pay grade” Murphy would come to Allen’s aid.
Given the current makeup of both chambers and who is seated in the White House, there is little chance for this bill to pass into law at this time, but We The People should definitely contact our representatives (even Democrats) to show our support for both the House and Senate versions of right to carry reciprocity.