Gun rights and Second Amendment supporters have been pushing for both a national concealed carry reciprocity bill to allow law-abiding citizens with concealed carry permit to travel from state to state without worry about being arrested for violating the other state’s firearm laws.
Most of the same people are also pushing for their state to pass a constitutional carry law that would do away with the need for anyone to obtain a permit or license in order to legally carry a concealed weapon for self-protection.
However, what happens with a national concealed carry reciprocity law and someone travels from a state with a constitutional carry law that does not require a concealed carry permit?
(Great American Politics) – Please understand that I’m a huge supporter of constitutional carry laws and for a national concealed carry reciprocity law, but there is a major problem between the two that doesn’t seem to be addressed by anyone.
H.R. 38, Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was introduced in the House on January 3, 2017 by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-SC). It was passed by the House in early December 2017 and sent to the Senate on December 7, 2017. Currently H.R 38 is still in the hands of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
H.R. 38 reads in part:
“§ 926D. Reciprocity for the carrying of certain concealed firearms
“(a) Notwithstanding any provision of the law of any State or political subdivision thereof (except as provided in subsection (b)) and subject only to the requirements of this section, a person who is not prohibited by Federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm, who is carrying a valid identification document containing a photograph of the person, and who is carrying a valid license or permit which is issued pursuant to the law of a State and which permits the person to carry a concealed firearm or is entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides, may possess or carry a concealed handgun (other than a machinegun or destructive device) that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, in any State that— …
Something needs to be done to amend H.R. 38 so that people from states that have constitutional carry laws can also safely travel from state to state without any worry about ending up in jail and losing their right to own or possess a firearm, because you know states like New York will arrest these people and convict them of felony firearms charges if given the chance.