NATIONAL CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY MAY FINALLY BECOME A REALITY
October 3, 2018
Republican Rep. Richard Hudson (N.C.) introduced a bill that would require states to recognize each other’s gun carry permits, reported The Washington Free Beacon.
Currently, each state decides which other states’ gun carry permits it will recognize. Some states recognize all other states’ permits, other states recognize no other states’ permits, and many fall somewhere in between. Gun rights advocates have been asking for a fix to the web of local laws, which are confusing and unfair. A wrong turn or missed exit could end in an otherwise law abiding gun owner unintentionally committing a felony. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 would finally create a uniform gun carry law across the country.
Hudson’s bill would require states to recognize the validity of every other state’s gun carry licenses, but it would require concealed carriers to follow the specific laws of whatever state in which they are carrying. The bill mostly mirrors national reciprocity bills introduced by Hudson in previous years but adds language designed to ensure that those in Constitutional Carry states, where no permit is required to concealed carry, are protected by the legislation. The bill would also allow concealed carry in the National Park System, the National Wildlife Refuge System, and on lands under the authority of the Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers, and Bureau of Reclamation.
Gun control groups oppose the plan. In an email to supporters last week, “Everytown for Gun Safety” spokesmen described the idea of national reciprocity as “a dangerous policy that would force all 50 states to let dangerous people carry hidden, loaded guns in public–even people with violent criminal records, stalkers, and domestic abusers.”
As several Republican congressman were instrumental in forming President –elect Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition to forward gun rights legislation, the timing is right for gun activists to be optimistic about the bill’s passage in the new Congress.