As my non-US friends may or may not be aware, even though carrying firearms is a fundamental protected right enumerated in our Constitution, and even though the great majority of states put very few restraints on that right, it's a difficult right to exercise outside your home state. Unlike marriage licenses* or even driver's licenses (which involve a much more demanding and dangerous task than the simple and safe act of carrying a gun), carry permits are only valid in the state in which they're issued, and in any state that's specifically agreed to honor it. The citizen is thus responsible for researching a complex web of reciprocity agreements before presuming to exercise his civil rights across a state line. The situation is confusing enough that websites and smart phone apps exist just to tell you where your permits are honored. Very many Americans will carry a domestic permit plus non-resident permits from other states with different reciprocities. It's time-consuming, expensive, and it burdens a civil right.
On Tuesday, hearings will begin on another attempt to fix this situation. The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, if passed, will make all carry permits valid in every state that issues carry permits. The only states whose status quo is threatened by this bill are those (like New Jersey) that technically have permits, but use "discretion" to issue them only as political favors to the connected. I won't shed a tear for their poor, subverted policies.
This isn't the first time the NRTCRA has come before the Congress. It's a perennial act that comes up every once in a while and is defeated; but it's gotten closer to passing each time.
This time, it's coming to the House with 242 co-sponsors. The House of Representatives, of course, has 435 voting members.
Will it pass the senate? Will the President veto a prominent piece of civil rights legislation, handing the NRA undeniable proof of his anti-gun position right before a close election?
[* - Those not contaminated with Gay Cooties, anyway...]