This time – this time we may actually have a chance of getting this thing passed, and President-elect Trump made it part of his campaign platform, so he’ll sign it; concealed-carry reciprocity!
The whole thing’s pretty simple. The summary of this bill states:
Amends the federal criminal code to authorize a person who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm under federal law, and who is carrying a valid, government-issued identification document containing that person’s photograph and a valid permit issued by any state to carry a concealed firearm, to possess or carry a concealed handgun (other than a machine gun or destructive device) in any other state that permits residents to carry a concealed firearm, in accordance with the restrictions of that state. Makes presentation of facially valid documents prima facie evidence that the individual has a license or permit as required.
The bill’s sponsor, North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson, said:
“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and I plan to introduce legislation in the first days of the 115th Congress to guarantee that. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense bill to provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits,” Hudson wrote in a statement to The Daily Caller. “As a member of President-elect Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition, I look forward to working with the administration to advance policies that support and protect our right to keep and bear arms.”
I see very little reason to oppose such a bill, but plenty of wet-pants types will. Expect the usual hand-wringing and cries about shootouts over parking spaces and the like, even though the bill very clearly states that the armed citizen has to comply by all laws of the state they are in, and they they have to carry a government-issued ID to prove they are who the permit says they are; one unclear point there, as my Colorado CCW Concealed Handgun Permit is a government-issued photo ID.
The folks who cause problems with concealed guns are most assuredly not CCW permit holders, and many if not most of them are already “prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm under federal law.” In other words, they are not law-abiding to begin with, and laws against concealed carry won’t stop them.
This is a law with a great deal of sense behind it. That’s probably why the anti-gun Left will fight so hard to stop it becoming law.