The attorneys general of ten states, including Illinois, have written U.S. Senate leaders in hopes of preventing the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act.
Under the legislation, licensed gun owners would be allowed to carry concealed firearms across state lines. However, the protesting attorneys general say that would make it harder for their states to control permits inside of their borders while making it difficult to prosecute individuals who illegally traffic guns.
The National Rifle Association, which supports the bill, says it would allow gun owners to protect themselves while traveling to other states.
Attorneys general that submitted letters to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed from Illinois, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Oregon. Pennsylvania's attorney general-elect also wrote.