Senator Clark Jolley Calls on Congress to Pass the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill

May 19, 2014

State Senator Clark Jolley, candidate in the 5th Congressional District Republican primary, today called on Congress to pass H.R. 2959, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act. This bill, which is co-sponsored by U.S. Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), would enable citizens who have concealed carry permits to carry across state lines instead of making separate applications in all the states they might travel to. The Senate version, S. 1908, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014, is also co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK). Senator Jolley has been a leader on Second Amendment rights since he was elected to office. For his consistent and unwavering leadership, the NRA has awarded him an A rating.

"This weekend I attended the Oklahoma City Gun Show and spoke to sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters from all across Oklahoma who support this legislation and want concealed carry across state lines. I heard their frustration with Congress and the complex patchwork of state permits that people are forced to piece together. I call on Congress to listen to the people who already have concealed carry permits and pass the national concealed carry reciprocity bills. Why is it unnecessarily difficult and bureaucratic for law-abiding citizens with concealed carry permits to protect themselves and travel with their guns?" said Jolley.

"People know that their Second Amendment rights are always under assault. They understand that any ambiguity in the law can be an opportunity to deny someone their rights. That is why I've taken every possible legislative opportunity to strengthen, clarify or expand existing gun rights laws. This past session alone, I co-authored H.B. 2539, which amended the "Stand Your Ground" statute to expand the group of people one can defend with force. I also co-authored H.J.R. 1026, which improved Oklahoma’s constitutional "Right to Keep and Bear Arms" provision by strengthening the unequivocal language. I was proud to support H.B. 2461 which ensured that law abiding citizens will be able to access items regulated under the National Firearms Act and clarified the process. S.B. 934 enables grandparents and others who have the consent of the parents to give minors rifles or shotguns and to hunt or shoot with them.

"These bills seem like common sense to me. Empowering individuals to protect their families, making sure that people aren't restricted from accessing the NFA items they are allowed to have, letting grandparents give grandchildren a rifle for their birthday or making sure any lack of clarity or possible ambiguity is removed from the law is simply the right thing to do. To not act is to separate people from their Constitutional rights.

"The anti-gun crowd will never rest, and they've grown more creative with their gun-grabbing efforts over the years. What they cannot accomplish legislatively, they will try to push through the courts, agencies or executive branch directives. I was proud to join state legislative leaders filing an Amicus Brief (Otis McDonald v. City of Chicago) with the United States Supreme Court urging the defeat of a city's attempt to deny the Second Amendment rights of its citizens. We won but we can't rest, there will be more attempts down the road.

"In Congress, one of the first things I will do is sign on as a co-sponsor H.R. 2959. I will take every opportunity to protect and expand their Second Amendment rights whenever possible, and to fight against any governmental power grab. While other candidates in this primary profess their love of guns, I am the only one who has been a leader on the Second Amendment, introducing or co-sponsoring more legislation than my opponents, because I have always recognized the importance of expanding and protecting our rights whenever we can," Jolley concluded.

State Senator Clark Jolley has been a leader for conservative principles in Oklahoma's state government since he was first elected in 2004. He is the author of major legislation to reduce taxes, fight ObamaCare, enact tort reform, protect the 2nd Amendment, balance the budget, and protect the lives of the unborn. He and his wife Verlyne live in Edmond and their two children attend Edmond public schools.

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