Congressman French Hill: “Our Right to Bear Arms Should Extend Across State Lines”

WASHINGTON – Congressman French Hill (AR-02) issued the following statement after voting for legislation that upholds the Second Amendment:

“The right to bear arms is firmly established by our Constitution, and that right should extend across state lines. After being robbed twice and fearing for her and her children’s safety, Shaneen Allen obtained her concealed carry permit in Pennsylvania and legally purchased a firearm. When she traveled from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, she was stopped by a State Trooper and told him she had a firearm on her person and a concealed carry permit. Shaneen was then arrested on lawful weapons charges and resided in jail for 48 days. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pardoned her two years later.

“From day one, I strongly supported this common sense legislation that allows law-abiding citizens like Shaneen with concealed carry permits to travel from state to state with their legally-obtained firearms. This bill clarifies the disarray of concealed carry reciprocity agreements between states, and it does not alter or change any local laws. Every person who wants to buy a firearm in America would still have to go through a thorough federal background check. We’ve taken a great step in the House today to preserve Arkansans’ and Americans’ right to bear arms. I was proud to be an original cosponsor of this bill, and I am committed to upholding our Second Amendment rights.”

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