Of all the legislation we advocates for gun owners civil rights are expecting from the new administration, long-hoped for national reciprocity for concealed carry is in my view the most important. There are too many jurisdictions where residents can’t get permits to carry unless they’re judges, movie stars, or super-rich with political pull. Law-abiding gun carriers in “free states” can’t exercise their right to protect themselves and their families in public when business, pleasure, or family take them to numerous American jurisdictions from Hawaii to New York. Behold the already introduced HR38.
As written, it would appear that a resident of, say, San Francisco who currently pretty much has to get elected to the city’s Board of Supervisors to qualify for a permit, would be able to carry in their home city on a non-resident permit from Utah or Florida if HR 38 became the law of the land. And their law-abiding friends and relatives all over the country could carry for their and their loved ones’ protection while visiting.
Predictably, the possibility of nationwide concealed carry drives the anti-gunners nuts. The National Rifle Association and its Institute for Legislative Action has this to say about that.
Many on the pro-gun side have stated that they don’t like the idea of Federally-enacted reciprocity. One reason often stated is, “What the Federal government gives, the Federal government can take away.” So, if we get it and four or eight years from now it is repealed, where are we? Why, right back where we are now. So, what will we have lost compared to now?
Another argument against the bill is that it violates states’ rights. That’s debatable. Here’s a scholarly take on it by old friend and brilliant researcher Clayton Cramer.
NRA-ILA is supporting it. Ditto Gun Owners of America, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and an organization where I’ve long served proudly on the board of trustees, Second Amendment Foundation. Needless to say, I support it too.
I am very much interested in you folks’ take on it.