Malcolm Testifies at House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing
Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on H.R. 822, the "National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011" to provide a national standard in accordance with which nonresidents of a state may carry concealed firearms in the state.
Malcolm appeared at the September 13 hearing, saying in the conclusion of her remarks that "the American system of trusting ordinary people to protect themselves and carry firearms responsibly has enhanced public safety. Individuals can protect themselves and others, criminals don’t know who has a firearm and are cautious about attacking. The Founders’ understanding of that most basic right of all, the right of self-defense, was in accord with common law, human nature and good sense. The United States Supreme Court has affirmed the right of individuals to keep and bear arms. The American states have overwhelmingly acted to respect that right and permit their residents to carry firearms for their protection. It is time for Congress to grant these states and their residents exercising their right to carry firearms for their protection the reciprocity they need."