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The Law That Will Make a Million George Zimmermans
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The Law That Will Make a Million George Zimmermans

Concealed carry reciprocity legislation could create a race to the bottom, forcing states to accept a lowest common denominator standard for determining who is eligible to carry loaded guns.

Unless you live in Florida, the state’s lax gun carry laws may not seem to be much of a concern to you. But they should be. Several other states have instituted laws as weak as—or even weaker than—Florida’s. And legislation has been introduced in Congress to make these minimal standards in Florida and similar states the law of the land.

The legislation, which is called “concealed carry reciprocity,” has been introduced in the last several Congresses and is likely to be reintroduced in the 114th Congress. It would require all states to honor concealed carry permits issued in any other state, even those issued by states with much weaker standards.

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Authors

Arkadi Gerney

Senior Fellow

Chelsea Parsons

Vice President, Gun Violence Prevention