Senator Feinstein's Position on Reciprocity

Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 225
Joined: Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:57 pm
Call Sign: WD6USA
Location: California

Senator Feinstein's Position on Reciprocity


Post by Jeff-OAUSA » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:28 pm

Here is Senator Feinstein's position on National Reciprocity. Keep in mind, Senator Feinstein held a CCW permit in California for many years, and allegedly gave it up only after it was brought to the attention of the masses (via a FOIA request) that she was supporting legislation that effectively denied law abiding Californians the same right to protection that she had (but thought others shouldn't have, at least in her mind).

"Dear ####,

Thank you for contacting me to share your support for the “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” (S. 446). I appreciate the time you took to write, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

On February 27, 2017, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017”. While I understand that you support this legislation, I am concerned it would allow an individual to carry his or her weapon into California even if they didn’t meet the safety requirements needed in our state. In so doing, this legislation would enable the concealed carry laws of one state to nullify the laws of other states which have stronger safety restrictions on concealed carry permits.

It is my belief that concealed weapons laws that may work in rural areas may not be suitable in urban areas. What is good for Alaska or Wyoming may not be good for California or New York. The problem with a federal policy mandating concealed carry reciprocity is that it would usurp the right of states to grant concealed weapons licenses in the manner, and to those individuals, that they see fit. For example, it would force California to recognize concealed carry permits issued by the State of Alabama, which does not require an applicant to undergo training to safely operate a firearm. Therefore, I strongly oppose concealed weapons license reciprocity.

Similarly, I am concerned that concealed carry reciprocity puts law enforcement personnel in potentially dangerous positions. California sets sensible limits for those who wish to obtain a concealed weapon permit. While felons are excluded from obtaining a concealed carry permit in any state, California’s rules also disqualify individuals convicted of a violent misdemeanor and those who are subject to a temporary restraining order from obtaining a concealed carry permit. California also requires all applicants to undergo safety training. California law enforcement officials should not be put in the compromising position of determining whether an out-of-state concealed carry permit is valid. Additionally, out-of-state permit holders should not be given wider latitude to carry concealed guns compared to California permit holders. As a result, I oppose any legislation that would interfere with California’s ability to enforce these standards.

While we must respectfully agree to disagree on this issue, knowing your views is important to me and I appreciate hearing your perspective. Should you have any other questions or comments, please call my Washington office at (202) 224-3841 or visit my website at You can also follow me online at YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and you can sign up for my email newsletter at

Best regards.
Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator"

"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it."

- Lyndon B. Johnson
President of the United States

User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 3531
Joined: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:33 am
Call Sign: K6DTK
Location: Southern California

Re: Senator Feinstein's Position on Reciprocity


Post by DaveK » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:28 am


Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

User avatar
Posts: 207
Joined: Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:09 am
Call Sign: KI6SGO
Location: South Orange County, CA

Re: Senator Feinstein's Position on Reciprocity


Post by brentbba » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:08 am

Sensible limits? :lol:

Post Reply

Return to “General Firearms Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest