A response from the Senator regarding a request that she support National Reciprocity:
Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts on gun ownership. I appreciate you taking the time to make me aware of your concerns on this matter.
My military background gives me a unique perspective on the capabilities and functions of firearms. I fully respect the gun ownership rights the Second Amendment guarantees and will continue to protect them. We can and must take pragmatic steps to prevent gun trafficking and institute harsher penalties for those who steal firearms or illegally purchase them for others. I believe we can safeguard our communities by enhancing our methods for tracking the sale and purchase of guns and closing loopholes around background checks.
Generally, the laws and regulations governing who is permitted to carry a concealed firearm are established at the state-level. Eligibility standards vary widely among the states. For example, Illinois law requires concealed carry applicants to undergo hours of training, pass multiple background checks and obtain a Firearm Owners Identification card to be approved for a concealed firearm permit. This is in stark contrast to states with lower standards or those states that allow residents to purchase and carry concealed firearms with no permit at all.
If enacted, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would override state laws and establish a Federal mandate forcing all 50 states to provide reciprocity for any state-issued concealed carry permit. For example, Illinois would be forced to accept another state’s concealed carry permit, even if that state does not require applicants to pass a background check or complete firearms training. This bill was introduced by Senator John Cornyn of Texas and currently resides with the Senate Judiciary Committee. If this legislation comes to the Senate floor for a vote, please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind.
Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. If you would like more information on my work in the Senate, please visit my website at www.duckworth.senate.gov. You can access my voting record and see what I am doing to address today’s most important issues. I hope that you will continue to share your views and opinions with me and let me know whenever I may be of assistance to you.
The Honorable Tammy Duckworth
United States Senator