Why all the Fuss about a National Conceal and Carry Permit?

June 17, 2019

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When the national concealed carry reciprocity act becomes law, every state will be required to accept concealed carry permits from other states. For some states who do not require a permit for its citizens—and even visitors—to conceal carry, this may be seen as an unnecessary expense. However, for those residents, having a conceal carry permit has often been a requirement if you ever go outside their home state and intend to carry a concealed weapon.

So, even for those states, having a permit has been no big deal.

For anti-gun groups the national concealed carry reciprocity act is just one more brick in the wall that they see groups like the National Rifle Association placing. In their minds, tightening gun control and banning weapons are made even more difficult because of the national concealed carry reciprocity act. They see this amendment to the criminal code as a serious step back in gun control and thus a contributor to the escalation of gun violence.

Another argument is Henry Ford’s philosophy: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The anti-violence groups  see this as the federal government tampering with what should be a state and local affair. “Let the states work this out amongst themselves,” they insist. 


As a matter of fact, groups fighting gun violence have made formal speeches to Congress urging the voting down of  The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. At the forefront was a group founded by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.


Legal experts point out that in spite of the repeated introduction of reciprocity bills over several years, the Republicans haven’t manages to come up with a single constitutional power that would allow them to dabble in what has clearly been a state mandate: concealed carry permits.

The Second Amendment has often been used as the reason for federal intervention and uniformity of concealed carry permits.  However, lawmakers say that argument just doesn’t cut it! The National Reciprocity Concealed Carry Permit doesn’t forbid states from setting their own standards for its citizens—and out-of-state visitors, if the state so chooses—regarding when, where, and how to conceal carry in their state. The National Reciprocity Concealed Carry Permit merely insists that all states accept the permit of other states—at the present time.

If the federal government looks for a national permit, where are they going to go? The Virginia permit that provides online application and a fifty-dollar fee for a concealed carry permit may not be the answer. It’s a simple, relatively inexpensive and speedy one. But, states with tighter concealed carry permits than Virginia’s argue that you can get this permit without having touched a gun for decades. There is no assurance that those granted permits know a thing about gun safety.



Where states have banned concealed carry, the courts have upheld their right to do so and made no mention of this being a violation of their second amendment right. In their decision, courts have made mention of open carry being a possible alternative to concealed carry.

Perhaps courts and governments need to revisit what is called The Full Faith and Credit Clause: It states that full faith and credit shall be given to every state Congress may—by general laws—prescribe the manner in which such powers shall be put into effect.