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A Texas senator has introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that would enable gun owners with a state-issued concealed carry permit to travel with their firearm in any other state that has a concealed carry law.

“This operates more or less like a driver’s license,” Sen. John Cornyn told the Hill. “So, for example, if you have a driver’s license in Texas, you can drive in New York, in Utah and other places, subject to the laws of those states.”

As the Hill reports, Cornyn also said his measure would “eliminate some of the ‘gotcha moments,’ where people inadvertently cross state lines” and are arrested because they don’t have a concealed carry permit for the state they happen to be traveling in. Such was the case when Shaneen Allen was arrested in last year in New Jersey and and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, due to the fact that her Pennsylvania concealed carry permit was not valid in the Garden State.

“The current patchwork of state and local laws is confusing for even the most conscientious and well-informed concealed carry permit holders. This confusion often leads to law-abiding gun owners running afoul of the law when they exercise their right to self-protection while traveling or temporarily living away from home,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement.

“Our fundamental right to self-defense does not stop at a state’s borders. Law abiding citizens should be able to exercise this right while traveling across state lines,” Cox added.

According to the Hill,

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