Senator George Allen from Virginia is one of the front-runners for the ’08 Republican Presidential nomination. It’s a good way off, but so far I like this guy.
According to GovTrack.us, he said this regarding interstate concealed carry legislation:
S 3275. A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a national standard in accordance with which nonresidents of a State may carry concealed firearms in the State; to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Sen. George Allen [R-VA]: Mr. President, I rise today on behalf of myself, my good friend from Nebraska, Senator Nelson, and 11 other Senators–Senators Craig, Inhofe, Lott, Dole, Vitter, Ensign, Martinez, Burr, Crapo, Sununu, and Thune–to introduce legislation to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a national standard under which nonresidents of a State may carry concealed firearms in the State. The bill is a companion bill to H.R. 4547, which Congressmen Cliff Stearns [introduced].
Our bill would allow any person with a valid concealed carry permit or license issued by a State to carry a concealed firearm in any other State if they meet certain criteria. The laws of each State that govern where concealed firearms may be carried would still apply and would be fully respected within its borders. The bill would simply require States to recognize each other’s concealed carry permits and licenses, just as they recognize drivers’ licenses. It would not create a Federal licensing system.
The right-to-carry movement has enjoyed great success throughout our Nation. To cite just one example, the murder rate in my Commonwealth of Virginia has plunged a dramatic 40 percent since the right-to-carry law that I signed as Governor took effect in 1995.
This is commonsense legislation. It recognizes that Congress has affirmed an individual’s right to carry firearms for “protective purposes in the Gun Control Act, 1968, and in the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act, 1986. In addition, last year, when this Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act on a strong bi-partisan vote, we preserved all law-abiding citizens’ access to firearms and ammunition for all lawful purposes, including, of course, self-defense.
I urge all my colleagues to join with Senator Nelson and me in cosponsoring this bill to increase the safety of the many law-abiding Americans who have chosen to carry a firearm for protection against criminal attack.