Congressman Richard Hudson (R-N.C.8th) introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which simply allows lawful firearm carriers from any state to carry a concealed firearm in any other state.
The bill addresses our nation’s patchwork of concealed carry reciprocity laws, where each state determines which states’ permits, if any, they will recognize.
The reality is that the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act allows a person to concealed carry only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm, are carrying a valid government-issued photo ID, and are lawfully licensed or otherwise entitled to carry a concealed handgun.
The bill has nothing to do with arming criminals – they already carry guns on our streets in violation of the law. It is about allowing law-abiding citizens to legally carry concealed firearms to defend themselves.
Every state in our nation has a legal procedure allowing its residents to lawfully carry a concealed handgun in public for self-defense – a right that more than 15 million Americans now exercise. America’s experience with concealed carry demonstrates that the repeated anti-gun claim that concealed carry increases violence is a lie. The available evidence shows that concealed carry licensees are exceptionally law abiding.
National reciprocity is already a reality in the 22 states that recognize all other concealed carry licenses or allow law-abiding non-residents to carry a firearm without a license. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is simply the next logical progression of this trend.
Only ten states still refuse to grant full faith and credit to the permits of other states, forcing lawful concealed carriers to surrender their rights when traveling through these jurisdictions.
The consequence is obvious, as otherwise law-abiding citizens – including veterans, have become accidental criminals and suffered seizure of property, arrest, detention, and even prosecution because they failed to navigate the legal minefield that is the current state reciprocity system.
‘Everytown for Gun Safety’ (an anti-gun liberal activist group) states that the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is flawed because “the public safety laws that work in a place like Wyoming don’t work for a city like Boston or Milwaukee.”
This is a false statement.
The bill recognizes the diversity of state concealed carry laws by making each person subject to the concealed carry laws of the state where they are present, including certain places off-limits to firearms and laws governing defensive use of force. It merely allows out-of-state permitees to concealed carry the same way in-state residents already do.