Never before have supporters of the Second Amendment been so optimistic about an upcoming political term. With republicans in control of the White House, the Senate, and Congress, the road forward for gun rights seems free of obstacles. And first up on many lists is national concealed carry reciprocity.
The last four weeks have been filled with discussion of the possibility, and now a Republican congressman is penning a bill that he will present as soon as the new session opens in 2017.
This isn’t the first attempt. North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson brought H.R. 986 back in 2015. There was support, but not enough to get it passed. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 should be a different story.
The Daily Caller broke this news. They’re reporting that the the bill would allow anyone with a concealed carry license in any state to carry in any other state that allows concealed carry. Individual state restrictions on concealed carry would still apply.
“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 told 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.”
Most gun-rights advocates see this as a small step forward. Others want clarification that would acknowledge one’s right to carry as protected by the constitution, making a license unnecessary.
“This is our historic moment to go on offense and to defeat the forces that have aligned against our freedom once and for all,” Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association, said after Trump’s November surprise. “The individual right to carry a firearm in defense of our lives and our families does not and should not end at any state line.”