All US states shall recognize concealed firearm carry permits from
For the establishment of National Reciprocity of Concealed Firearm
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That, all states shall
recognize the concealed carry firearm permit issued by other states.
A concealed carry permit will be treated like drivers licenses are
treated currently while issued in one state, it will be valid in all
States who choose to dishonor other or all states concealed carry
permits will have no Federal highway funds awarded to them.
Steps for this bill to become law:
First, the bill must be introduced. Any Member, the Resident
Commissioner from Puerto Rico, or the Delegates in the House of
Representatives may introduce a bill at any time while the House is in
session by simply placing it in the "hopper," a wooden box provided
for that purpose located on the side of the rostrum in the House
Chamber. Permission is not required to introduce the measure.
The bill is then referred as required by the rules of the House to the
appropriate committee or committees by the Speaker, the Member elected
by the Members to be the Presiding Officer of the House, with the
assistance of the Parliamentarian. The bill number and committee
referral appear in the next issue of the Congressional Record. It is
then sent to the Government Printing Office where it is printed in its
introduced form and printed copies are made available in the document
rooms of both Houses.
Copies of the bill are sent to the office of the chairman of the
committee to which it has been referred. The clerk of the committee
enters it on the committee's Legislative Calendar.
One of the first actions taken by a committee is to seek the input of
the relevant departments and agencies about a bill. Frequently, the
bill is also submitted to the General Accounting Office with a request
for an official report of views on the necessity or desirability of
enacting the bill into law.
Once that information is gathered by the committee, hearings on the
bill may be held. The committee chairperson controls the agenda of
the committee, and if the bill finds favor with the chairperson, it
will be placed on the agenda to be reviewed. However, if the bill
does not make it onto the agenda, it will 'die in committee.'
Often, bills are assigned to a subcommittee for review and hearings.
Once the subcommittee holds hearings on the bill, they will hold a
'markup' session, the conclusion of which is usually a vote to either
recommend favorably or unfavorabley the bill to the full committee.
The subcommittee may also suggest the committee table or postpone
action indefinitely on the bill.
At full committee meetings, the subcommittees may make reports on
bills they are reviewing. The bill may have amendments suggested to
it at this point, it may be reccommended favorably for consideration
by the House, or it may be tabled.
If the committee votes to report the bill to the House, the committee
staff writes the committee report. The report describes the purpose
and scope of the bill and the reasons for its recommended approval.
Once the bill is reported to the House, it is placed on the calendar
The full House may debate the bill, and may offer amendments. Many
other parlimentary procedures may occur during House consideration of
a bill. The final step of passage of the bill is the House vote.
Once debate is complete and all parlimentary procedures have been
dealt with, the House votes via voice, roll call, or division.
If the bill passes, it is sent to the Senate for consideration, where
it recieves a similar treatment to the House. Once the bill is passed
in the Senate, the bill is sent to a conference committee to iron out
any differences between the House and Senate versions. That final
version is then sent to the President to be signed into law, or
If the President vetos the bill, it can be reconsidered by the House
and Senate, and the veto overridden with a two-thirds majority vote.
If the President signs the bill, it becomes law.
All information above was excerpted and summarized from How Our Laws
Revised and Updated by Charles W. Johnson, Parliamentarian, United
States House of Representatives January 31, 2000 and is avialable for
An additional summary is available at:
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