Brookhaven Daily Leader

Hyde-Smith, Wicker support concealed carry rights 

By Brett Campbell

Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, of Brookhaven, and Sen. Roger Wicker — both Mississippi Republicans — joined 43 other senators in reintroducing the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.  

The law would allow individuals with concealed carry permits in their home states to exercise those rights in any other state that allows concealed carry, while still abiding by the state’s laws. 

“A driver’s license does not become void once you cross state lines, and that same logic should apply to a concealed carry permit,” Hyde-Smith said. “This common sense legislation ensures law-abiding gun owners can exercise their rights in states that allow it without hindering the state’s authority to make laws for its own residents.”   

“If two states already recognize a right to conceal carry, requiring gun owners to acquire a separate permit to cross state lines is wasteful and unnecessary,” Wicker said. “This legislation will ensure Americans can continue to exercise their Second Amendment rights without undue hassle. It is a proposal that simply makes sense, and I hope it earns wide support.”  

The CCCR Act legislation is endorsed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the National Rifle Association.