Thursday, January 19, 2017
Will a national concealed carry reciprocity law get passed in 2017?
At Multibriefs by John McAdams --
With Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress and Donald Trump in the White House, it's quite possible that promises by gun rights groups to "go on the offensive" may bear fruit in the near future.
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) introduced H.R. 38 — "The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017" — on Jan. 3, which was the first day in session for the 115th Congress. In short, this bill would authorize people who have a valid concealed handgun license and who are not otherwise prohibited from owning a firearm to carry a concealed handgun in any state that permits concealed carry. However, they would still have to follow the rules and regulations for the state they are visiting when carrying a concealed handgun.
The way things stand now, law-abiding gun owners wishing to carry a concealed handgun in another state must first navigate a treacherous and complicated web of different state reciprocity agreements. Not only can successfully traversing this minefield be incredibly difficult, but even honest mistakes can be extremely costly.