The Good and Bad Of The
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
By Bob Owens. January 4th, 2017
North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson introduced a bill yesterday that would make a concealed carry permit issued in any state valid in every state.
Republican Rep. Richard Hudson (N.C.) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require states to recognize each other‘s gun carry permits.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 would address the patchwork nature of the country‘s gun carry laws. 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 long decried the web of local laws as confusing and unfair--one in which a wrong turn or missed exit could end in an otherwise law abiding gun owner unintentionally committing a felony.
“Our Second Amendment right doesn‘t disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that,” Hudson said in a statement. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense solution to a problem too many Americans face. It will provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits.”
Sources within the major gun rights organizations have consistently said that a national reciprocity law is among their top priorities, along with a pro-gun Supreme Court pick and reform, for the upcoming congress. Now, after announcing the bill had been drawn up before the new year, Hudson has introduced his take on the proposal.
I think that the odds of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (PDF) passing both houses of Congress with minimal changes/amendments and being signed into law by President Trump by this summer are fairly high.
And yet, I‘m of very mixed feelings about it.
Perhaps the most important point made here is, quite simply, that it is time to repeal a miriad of federal laws controlling the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment as we know states clearly - "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" - and this is not an invitation for the government to impose a whole slew of laws controlling firearms ownership and that vital means of self defense. Will the Act pass? - time will tell.
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