The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2:13 pm

NRA backs Stutzman bill

By Brian Francisco The Journal Gazette

The National Rifle Association has endorsed legislation introduced by Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, that would require states to honor one another's concealed-carry permits for handguns.

"The constitutional right to self-defense does not stop at a state's borders," NRA lobbyist Chris Cox said in a statement. "Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise this fundamental right while traveling across state lines. We appreciate Congressman Stutzman's efforts to fix the confusing patchwork of state and local laws in this area."

Stutzman's bill, introduced last week, would allow people with concealed-carry permits in one state to take their guns to any other state that issues such permits. Currently, Indiana's permits are honored by 29 other states but not by 27 states and U.S. territories. Indiana honors every state's concealed-carry permit except for Vermont's.

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