Congress considers law to require all states to honor concealed carry permits

Congress is considering a bill that would require all states to honor concealed firearm carry permits.

If such a law were to be passed, it would allow people with concealed carry permits to carry a firearm in New Jersey. Those licenses are not currently honored in New Jersey, and violations could carry severe punishments.

"It'll ruin your life, put in you in state prison, all because you don't have the license from this state as opposed to the license from the other state," says attorney Evan Nassen.

Nassen represented Pennsylvania mother Shaneen Allen, who faced gun charges after bringing her legally registered firearm into New Jersey. She was later pardoned by Gov. Chris Christie.

But gun control advocate Rev. Robert Moore of the Coalition for Peace says that changing the law would make New Jersey a more dangerous place.

"It would just make it so more and more guns could come into New Jersey," he says. 

There have been attempts to change the law before, but with a Republican majority in Congress and a president who campaigned as a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, gun rights advocates are hopeful it will pass.

Gun laws in New Jersey are known for being particularly strict.

But Gov. Christie announced Monday evening that officials can now consider evidence of "serious threats" that are not directed specifically at a person when they consider applications for handgun carry permits.

The change means a chief of police or the state police superintendent can consider "serious threats" that could demonstrate a special danger to an applicant's life that the person could specify in a written certification of justifiable need to carry a handgun.

The revision also clarifies that a permit may be issued based on a special danger to the applicant's life that can't be avoided by other "reasonable" means.

The change doesn't change the process for obtaining a permit.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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