As a retired federal agent and firearms instructor, I was concerned with your August 3, 2014 article, “New Jersey’s tight gun laws ensnare out-of-staters.” The thrust of the article is the fact New Jersey does not recognize concealed carry weapons permits issued by other states.
About five years ago, Senator Vitter of Louisiana introduced a Bill to allow state firearms carry permit reciprocity. Sixty votes were needed to pass and only 58 were “For”; one of the “Nay” votes was by Arlen Spector from PA.
Article IV of the U.S. Constitution says in Section 1, : Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records and judicial Proceedings of every other State…”
Thus, we enjoy reciprocity of our driver’s licenses, dog licenses, marriage licenses, etc., when we drive across country on vacation, but not our concealed Firearms Licenses!
If each state is, according to our Constitution, to recognize the official acts, etc., of each state and we do not need to get another driver’s license when we drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, why is our gun License void and not recognized?
Ronald L. Benjamin
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