House Approves Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

By Dave Dolbee published on in Legal, News

Reciprocity would allow anyone with a valid concealed carry gun permit in one state to travel to any other state with the permitted weapon and not worry about being arrested or fined for carrying that concealed firearm. With passage in the House, the Senate is the last hurdle to a safer America.

The Second Amendment is my gun permit

If H.R. 38 becomes law, reciprocity maps would no longer be needed.

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

 The Vote

The House also included bipartisan language meant to increase reporting of legal and mental health records to the national background check system. This would allow firearms in the hands of those legally allowed to possess them, while aiding the fight to keep them out of the hands legally prohibited from owning or possessing them. The passage in the House now leaves the Senate as the last hurdle. President Trump has already committed to signing the legislation, if it makes it to his desk. The final House vote was 231 to 198, with six Democrats in favor and 14 Republicans against the bill.

H.R. 38 House vote

The biggest danger to passage would a filibuster in the Senate. If the Democrats vote along party lines—as they did in the House—there would not be enough Republican votes to break a filibuster. That would mean 60 votes in the Senate would be required for passage. A successful filibuster, would, in effect kill the legislation.

One positive, is that there has been a fair amount of support for Second Amendment-related legislation from the Democrats in Senate of late. Last week, the Senate’s Judiciary Committee debated legislation on new background check bill. However, Senate leaders seemed disinclined to take up the concealed-carry measure anytime soon.

Will the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 pass? Only time will tell. Second Amendment enthusiasts should celebrate either way. Awareness is an important step toward victory in a decades-long fight to extend concealed carry and simplify the rules for gun owners.

Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s executive director, praised the vote as a “watershed moment” for Second Amendment rights.

“This bill ensures that all law-abiding citizens in our great country can protect themselves in the manner they see fit without accidentally running afoul of the law,” he said.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) hailed the passage noting the FixNICS language.

FixNICS black and white logo

“With House passage of H.R. 38, we have cleared a major hurdle toward what will be two major achievements for America’s law-abiding gun owners and for our federally-licensed firearms retailers,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “This legislation provides a solution to the confusing patchwork of concealed carry laws and ensures that our citizens’ Second Amendment rights do not end at the state line.”

“Federally licensed firearms retailers rely upon the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to be accurate in preventing the sale and transfer of firearms to prohibited persons. The Fix NICS Act provisions included in the legislation passed today builds on the successes of NSSF’s FixNICS campaign to encourage states to enter all applicable disqualifying records into the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and requires federal agencies to properly report relevant records and hold those who fail to do so accountable,” Keane said.

“On behalf of our members, NSSF would like to recognize Congressmen Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), John Culberson (R-Texas), and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) for their bipartisan leadership in advancing this important legislation,” Keane concluded.

How do you think national concealed carry reciprocity will change the Second Amendment landscape? Share your answer in the comment section.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (28)

  • Dan

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    The problem with the nics fix is it opens the door to the breaching of doctor paitent confidentiality, remember what obama did to vets? Oh you have somebody else doing your finances you can’t buy a gun, getting a sleeping aid because of your PTSD is keeping you up at night you can’t buy a gun, on a antidepressant you can’t buy a gun. Wake up America in Diane Finestine’s own words no new laws would have prevented these last two mass murders. Sandy Hook the mother was to blame and her failure to act cost her her life, she saw the signs and did nothing. How often do we turn a blind eye to blatantly obvious problems because it’s towards someone we care for? The only so called fix to a broken system is get rid of it. The nics was flawed from the beginning, and if prosecutions are few and far between when individuals lie on the 4473 then what good is it. Not only that those 4473 forms after so long or when a store closes go to Washington DC to the ATF, so if anyone says the 4473 isn’t registration you’re up in the night.

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  • ERIC R CULMO

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    LIVING IN FLORIDA, I WOULD SURE LIKE TO PROTECT ME AND MY FAMILY WHEN TRAVELING NORTH…STILL AFRAID OF NEW YORK , NEW JERSEY AND MASS. CT. THIS BILL WOULD INCLUDE SAFTEY IN ALL 50 STATES. AM I CORRECT.

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    • Hide Behind

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      Yes you can carry concealed but, you better be familiar with each localities rules and regulations. Each State can have vagaries.
      That is where within a short timeline, there will of course by popular demand, be instituted New Fed uniform statutes invoked and with it a data base of all holders..
      Places today, Cali, and that cradle of Liberty, New England States, have magazine capacity on the books, as just one example and distance from schools as another.

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  • Hide Behind

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    Well now, if you have to beg it is no longer a “Right” but a granting of permission, which is OK for now, but what about tomorrow.
    Granting Central Fed to override State, hmmm; if ya play with vipers don’t bitch if someday they bite ya.
    Of course today’s priveledged do not care that already you throughout the 2nd and joined those who did hotline it, and that already we have two seperat e gun privilege grouping, super citizen ex -law and selected ones, and you common serfs.
    This new Bill grants Fed the ability to (re) set rules and standards, and future restrictions, while wiping out your own States standards of priveledge.
    Oh well, beggars cannot be choosers; so be happy with what you now are getting.
    This new Bill is not Any F’n thing more than a future Loyalt Oath. To the system.
    The same damned system that killed the 2nd Amendment of Bill of Rights.
    Where do today’s males store their gonads?
    In Washington D.C.

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  • James O’Neill

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    Like Mr.Luis said, I too live in Florida and had occasion to travel north to see relatives. As a former northern Ky. Police officer, (years ago)and Fl. ccw holder, I believe it is important to have a standardized CCW law throughout our great country. On occasion I have even had to purchase a great magazine written solely for staying up todate on each state’s CCW laws. Hopefully Congress can see the wisdom of the proposed standardization. Hats off to those who are trying to help our legal gun carrying citizens.

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  • Ken Hendrick

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    So I have a question on this bill I live in Vermont and we don’t need concealed carry permits to carry a firearm because we have constitutional carry would I be ok to carry in another state if this bill passes into law not having one

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    • Rich B.

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      The way I understand the law is yes, you will be able to carry in a state that requires a ccp you will need to prove your home address and you must abide by the gun laws of that state, that you are in. Therefore if you are too young to posses a gun according to the visiting state you can be prosecuted.

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  • Donald

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    I still do not like the wide open Democrat addition to the bill. I feel that leaves a wide open path for several Federal agencies to deprive American of their right to carry. Do not accept 4 or 5 Democrat votes just to get something pasted.

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  • Sir Charles

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    one thing I would like to see is a national ccw that allows mace tazzer pepperspray some states only allow a gun, stupid,(Massachusetts for 1) there are times a lesser choice is better and shooting to wound is not an option unless you like chrome bracelets and chain-link

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    • MR. CHARLES

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      SIR CHARLES: I was looking at the laws for KNIVES in Commyfornia and would also like to see that covered by Reciprocity as well – a citizen cannot carry anything much over 2 1/2 ” in Commyfornia anywhere (Generally speaking). It is hard to believe that Commyfornia has restricted almost any type of knife that would be possible to use for basic self-defense (go here:http://pweb.netcom.com/~brlevine/sta-law.htm#I-M) and look for yourself and you will see what I mean. Any comments are welcome.

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  • Luis

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    As a senior citizen, I carry legally every day in my state of Florida and have done so for the past 30 years. Now I hesitate to fly and drive to other states without being able to carry. I don’t feel comfortable anymore with the idea that criminals are armed and I am not.

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