Rep. Richard Hudson (R - NC District 8) introduced the bipartisan National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill for discussion during the 117th legislation session. H.R.38 would amend Title 18 of the United States Code requiring states to recognize other states' concealed carry permits.
Licensed gun owners can exercise their Second Amendment rights in other states without undergoing additional licensing. Similarly, Americans living in constructional carry states could carry in host jurisdictions. Gun owners must, however, abide by the host state's gun laws. Many legislators have expressed their interest in supporting the bill, including the 154 original co-sponsors.
The bill was first introduced in the House in 2017, passed the House Judiciary Committee with a 19-11 vote, and approved on the House floor with a 231-198 vote on Dec. 6, 2017. However, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act was never introduced to the Senate.
The 2017 version also sought to amend the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 to allow firearms within schools' compounds in all states. At the time, Rep. Hudson compared the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act to a marriage license recognized in all 50 states.
He also narrated how a law-abiding woman with a valid concealed carry permit was arrested and jailed in New Jersey after crossing into the state.
"Our Second Amendment rights do not disappear when we cross state lines, and H.R. 38 guarantees that," said Rep. Hudson. "The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is a common-sense solution 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. I am especially proud to have such widespread and bipartisan support for this measure and will work with my colleagues to get this legislation over the finish line."
Anti-gun activist Sara Gorman said the bill would be devastating to victims of domestic violence.
"If someone with a history of domestic abuse is denied a gun after a background check in one state, he or she could simply go to another state that does not require background checks at the point of purchase or permits for concealed carry, purchase a gun, and carry it across state lines," Gorman wrote.
Gorman failed to acknowledge that the bill does not override the state laws regulating firearm ownership by prohibited persons or any other form of criminal behavior.
If approved, the bill would be the best antidote to states like California, New Jersey, and New York, with various illogical restrictions to firearm ownership by law-abiding citizens.
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