Following last week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that requires all states to recognize same-sex marriages, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said the same principle should apply to nationwide recognition of concealed carry licenses and permits from all other states.
“State drivers’ licenses are universally recognized, and with this high court ruling, same-sex marriage must now be recognized in all 50 states as well,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “It not only stands to reason, but common sense demands, that the concealed carry licenses held by more than 11 million citizens across the country should now be valid in every state, without question.” Obergefell v. Hodges is a landmark United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) case decided in late June. In Obergefell, the court held that the recognition and provision of same-sex marriage is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
In contrast, SCOTUS has declined to review several gun cases in which cities, stands, and other courts have infringed the enumerated right in the 2nd Amendment. Most recently, the court denied certiorari in the case of Jackson v. City and County of San Francisco, letting stand San Francisco regulations that guns in the home had to be kept in lockboxes unless they were about to be used in self-defense.
Many states recognize concealed-carry permits or licenses from other states, but some states do not. For example, see our coverage of Shaneen Allen in New Jersey here and here. The Pennsylvania mom had to be pardoned by Gov. Chris Christie because she crossed a bridge from one state to the other, and was honest about having a firearm when quizzed by a police officer during a traffic stop.
Gottlieb added that no right is more profound than the right of self-preservation. Under the Constitution, all citizens should be able to exercise the right of self-defense anywhere in the country.
“We’re talking about law-abiding citizens who have gone through background checks, and in many cases, state-mandated training programs,” Gottlieb added. “To continue treating their Second Amendment rights as a second-class privilege seems unconscionable after the ruling in [Obergefell.]”