A lot happened on Capitol Hill yesterday. Paul Ryan was, unfortunately, re-elected as Speaker of the House. Make no mistake, we will continue to hold him accountable for his actions and push back against him wherever necessary.
But there was a silver lining that didn’t receive much coverage and it has huge implications for your Second Amendment rights.
Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) has officially introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.
“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines,” Hudson said yesterday in a statement, “and this legislation guarantees that.”
This is what we’ve been waiting for... A chance to push back and start expanding Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights for the first time in decades!
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has a simple premise: If you are allowed to carry a concealed handgun in your home state, then you are allowed to carry one nationwide.
Personally, I believe that the Constitution is the only concealed handgun permit someone should need. Going into 2017, there are now ELEVEN states that have adopted “Constitutional Carry.” This year, Rep. Hudson included language in this bill to also give people living in permit-less carry states the right to carry nationwide as well.
There is no doubt in my mind that we will get there eventually, especially given the fact that President Trump will be able to immediately nominate four judges to the extremely liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which reviews lawsuits against California’s unconstitutional gun laws.
But right now, it is important to move the needle and this legislation does much more than that.
Under the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, if you can legally carry a concealed handgun in your home state then that permit would be valid nationwide.
Currently, it is up to individual states to craft their own reciprocity agreements with one another and the result is a patchwork system of agreements.
This legislation would treat a concealed carry permit just like a driver’s license at the national level. Individuals would still be required to follow the self-defense laws in the states they were visiting, but their home state’s permit would be valid nationwide. What this will also do is force states like California and New Jersey to start issuing their residents carry permits as well. When New Jersey is forced to let Texans carry firearms in their state, it will be a lot harder to justify withholding that right from New Jersey residents.
The anti-gun forces are already promising to fight this bill. The last thing they want is for people who visit states like California, Illinois, or New York to have a fighting chance. The Left would prefer that the American people be defenseless.
This is the moment we’ve been waiting for: A chance to make real progress in expanding our 2nd Amendment rights.
Trump has campaigned on nationwide reciprocity and we have the majorities in Congress to get it done.
Now it is up to YOU to demand it!