NRA: National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Moving Forward

By CTD Blogger published on in News

In March, we reported on the details of NRA-backed concealed carry reciprocity legislation pending in Congress. The momentum behind those bills continues to build, with each attracting dozens of co-sponsors. Sen. John Cornyn’s Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act now boasts 37 co-sponsors. And 194 of his House colleagues have signed onto Rep. Richard Hudson’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

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Concealed carry reciprocity legislation recognizes that Americans’ Second Amendment right to bear arms doesn’t end at their states’ borders. While most states already recognize this and have provisions allowing for reciprocity for concealed carry permits from other jurisdiction, a minority of antigun states have made a point of arresting out-of-state residents who carry or transport otherwise lawfully owned firearms in their jurisdictions.

This sort of “zero tolerance” enforcement has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with punishing people who believe in the Second Amendment. There is nothing legitimate about a state using its police powers to suppress the constitutional rights of fellow Americans.

That’s why your NRA has for years supported legislation to ensure that people who are federally eligible to possess firearms and who have state-sanctioned ability to carry concealed don’t lose their eligibility to do so simply because they cross state lines. This legislation would ensure that states would have to treat lawful concealed carriers from other states the same as lawful in-state concealed carriers. States would maintain their prerogatives over their own licensing regimes and the rules of behavior that govern concealed carry within their borders.

Gun control proponents have weakly argued that this legislation makes the most lenient concealed carry standards the de facto national standard. What that argument fails to account for, however, is that criminals who carry unlawfully with evil intent have no standards whatsoever. These bills are not for them. They are for law-abiding and self-regulating Americans who take pains to carry lawfully. And lawful concealed carriers have proven themselves to behave responsibly year after year in every U.S. jurisdiction.

Every expansion of concealed carry rights over the last 30 years has been met with the same tired rhetoric from gun control proponents about how it will result in a return to the Wild West and “blood in the streets.” But with some 15 million concealed carry permittees in the U.S. and untold thousands more lawfully carrying in the 12 states that no longer require a permit for concealed carry, those predictions simply have not materialized. And the handful of cases gun control proponents desperately point to simply prove the rule.

If your senators or representative have not co-sponsored the bills introduced by Sen. Cornyn and Rep. Hudson, please contact them today and respectfully ask that they do so.

We are closer than ever to making national reciprocity a reality, but the effort needs your help to succeed!

Please contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and urge them to cosponsor and support passage of S.446– the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017– in the Senate, and H.R.38 — the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017– in the House. You can contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative by phone at (202) 224-3121, or click here to Take Action.

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Comments (25)

  • TLO

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    I appreciate the efforts for national reciprocity, but please stop referring to concealed carry “license” as a “permit”. I know it seems trivial but there is a big distinction between a license and a permit.

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  • KELLY PIDGEON

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    I just participated in the DC Project – where one woman from each state descended on Washington to meet with our lawmakers about 2A issues, the changing faces of gun ownership, stories from a woman’s perspective, etc. I brought up National reciprocity at every appointment. Most were very supportive, if not emphatic about it. The usuals will never be swayed.

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    • Marc

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      Thank you for your participation. This is what we need, and will always need. People (like yourself Kelly) who take the time and make the effort to speak on behalf of the Second Amendment and remind and/or educate legislators and citizens. Posting on websites is all well and good, but taking an active role is what is crucial.

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  • Philip Steinert

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    How about working for allowing permit holders to carry concealed on military bases/

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    • Shad

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      It would still be up to the discretion of installation commanders to allow personally owned fire arms on base. There was a DoD message sent out last November providing details on this topic.

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  • Bruce

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    National reciprocity for concealed carry sounds like a good idea and a step in the right direction but it would still be an infringement on our 2nd Amendment Rights. The federal government should enforce the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution and tell states they do not have the right to tell any law abiding citizen what, how, where or when they can carry a weapon. Pass laws that punish the illegal use and make them harsh. If you shoot someone unjustifiably you should suffer the consequences but just like any other crime you should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Your life shouldn’t be ruined because you shot some scumbag in self-defense.

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  • Robert Ragsdale

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    I still wonder why we are required to pay any level of government for a permit or seek permission for that which is already listed as an inalienable “right”. What’s next? A permit to freely speak or maintain your right against illegal search and seizure. A license of religious denomination.

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  • fair

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    One gun free zone effectively makes the entire world a gun free zone for the law abiding. Did you leave your weapon at home because you are visiting a gun free zone today? If so, the whole world is effectively a gun free zone for you until you get back home.

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