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Wilson wants law recognizing concealed weapon permits

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is urging Congress to pass a law requiring every state to recognize concealed weapon permits from all other states.

Wilson says such a measure would protect citizens’ rights to self-defense.

"States should not be able to deny citizens of other states the basic constitutional right to self-defense,” Wilson said. “South Carolinians who have gone through the process of getting concealed weapon permits shouldn’t have to worry about whether they can protect themselves and their families when they travel in other states."

Wilson signed a letter with other states, including Missouri, Alabama, Louisiana, and Montana, asking Congress to pass either the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which is a U.S. Senate bill, or the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which is a U.S. House bill.

The measures aim to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun. They do not allow for carrying firearms by convicted felons, people involuntarily committed to mental health facilities, and other persons prohibited by federal law from possessing or receiving firearms.

The proposals would not expand who is allowed to have a concealed weapon permit.

"It just eliminates the confusion we have now over which states recognize which other states’ permits, and makes that constitutional right uniform across the country," Wilson said.

The bills would also allow states, local governments, and private entities to prohibit concealed weapons on their property.

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