(Las Vegas CBS KXNT) Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is one of ten who have asked U.S. Senate leadership to halt a federal concealed carry law that would allow permit holders to cross state lines. The letter, signed by the Attorneys General said that a federal concealed carry law would hinder them from enforcing firearm permit standards in their own states.
The proposed law ”would force states to recognize concealed carry permits issued by any other states, even those with poor oversight and weaker permitting standards,” the attorneys general wrote. “These bills would create a lowest common denominator approach to public safety that would endanger police and make it more difficult to prosecute gun traffickers.”
Undersheriff Paul Howell of the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs CCW Committee likens the concept to the current regulation of driver’s licenses.
“If you have a California driver’s license, Nevada cannot require you to get a Nevada driver’s license,” he told KXNT. “That’s what the proponents for the federal the bill want, is that it streamlines the process for concealed weapon permit holders.”
Permit holders would still have to meet the CCW standards in their own states, Howell said, but would not have to meet the standards in the state they’re visiting.
Nevada currently has reciprocity agreements with fewer than 20 states. The state’s system grants automatic reciprocity to other states that have similar standards to Nevada’s for issuing permits.
While law enforcement is wary about the proposed federal concealed weapon law, Nevada permit holders might welcome it when they travel.
The benefit from Nevada’s point of view is that the state’s permit holders wouldn’t have to sit down with a road atlas and figure out which states allow them to carry, Howell said.
The letter to Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell was signed by Attorneys General from California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Oregon.