It makes sense that if you have a concealed carry permit you should be able to take it with you wherever you go. If you live in Nevada you should be able to drive to a friends house in California without having to leave your gun at home right? Well, as it stands right now. It doesn’t work that way.
The House GOP wants to change that and has just passed a pretty significant bill.
From The Daily Caller:
The House passed a bill Wednesday that allows concealed carry permit holders in different states to legally carry their firearms in other states.
The bill, called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, is combined with legislation that would tighten background checks that are reported from federal agencies. It passed 231-198.
“An overwhelming majority of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity. Momentum, common sense, and the facts are on our side,” North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson said of his bill prior the vote in a statement.
The House of Representatives approved the Conceal Carry Reciprocity bill, bringing the U.S. one step closer to effectively allowing all Americans to secretly carry firearms.
The Republican-sponsored bill, which the National Rifle Association has called its “highest legislative priority in Congress,” would amend the federal criminal code to allow the concealed transport of handguns across state lines, so long as both states allow concealed carry. The final vote, on legislation that included a provision increasing federal and state reporting to the national gun background check system, was 231 to 198.
This federal law would supersede any state statutes on concealed firearms. The House Judiciary Committee last week approved the bill in a 19-11 vote, rejecting numerous amendments brought by Democrats, including those seeking to ban violent offenders. The Senate is considering similar legislation to the House bill. If the legislation becomes law—President Donald Trump is expected to sign if it reaches his desk—it’s expected to face numerous legal challenges for being a federal intrusion on state’s rights.
You definitely can understand the state’s rights argument (which is pretty rich to hear from liberals) but at the same time let’s also not forget the 2nd Amendment argument. That’s a pretty important right as well.
From National Review:
So if a state may not require you to temporarily give up the ability to enjoy welfare benefits to become a resident, it would hardly seem constitutionally permissible for a state to require the temporary surrender of your legally owned firearms to become a resident. In other words, it may actually be that the constitutional right to travel requires national reciprocity when it comes to a law-abiding citizen’s right to keep a gun in his or her home for self-defense. As such, efforts to achieve national reciprocity ought to be adjusted to remedy what is potentially an ongoing violation of the constitutional rights of many citizens who, like myself, became gun owners in one state, and had to give up their firearms to move into another.
Obviously, it’s going to be a little touch and go to get this through the Senate and to the president’s desk.
But, you never know.[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]