Individual Right to Bear Arms Strengthened by Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, Westerman Says

December 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement Wednesday (December 6) upon passage of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017:

“When you received your driver’s license, there were no restrictions for driving in another state,” Westerman said. “Your driver’s license allows you to drive in any other state or territory because you passed a written test and a driving test administered by the state of Arkansas. Just as your driver’s license ensures the right to drive in other states, a concealed carry permit should also grant the right to lawfully carry in any other state without the threat of prosecution. Shaneen Allen, a 27-year-old from Philadelphia who was twice robbed and beaten, obtained her Pennsylvania concealed carry. But she was stopped in New Jersey and faced five years in prison because she was carrying. This should not have happened and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act will prevent it in the future. This common-sense legislation is supported by a variety of groups, including the National Rifle Association, National Gun Owners Association, and 73 percent of Americans. I was proud to support national concealed carry reciprocity and I will continue to stand for the 2nd Amendment in Congress.”

In reporting the bill, the Committee on the Judiciary included H.R. 4477, the Fix NCIS Act of 2017, sponsored by Texas Republican Congressman John Culberson. His office reports the bill would:

  • Provide accountability for federal departments and agencies;
  • Reauthorize the NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP), the only federal grant program for states that is focused exclusively on helping them upload records to NICS (National Instant Background Check System);
  • Reauthorize the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), which currently provides funds to States for upload criminal records to all relevant databases, not just NICS; and
  • Improve information sharing with states.