National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Introduced
The first day of the 115th Congress started with the introduction of a National Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill. The legislator who introduced it promised he was going to do it, and he kept his word. Now the challenge will be to get it through both houses and on to Trump’s desk.
The bill was introduced by Rep Richard Hudson (R-NC8). It also gives reciprocity to people from states that have Constitutional Carry. Rep Hudson is a proponent of the Second Amendment, and believes in the right to carry a firearm. He says that his legislation is supported by pro-Second Amendment groups.
His bill reads in part:
Notwithstanding any provision of the law of any State or political subdivision thereof (except as provided in subsection (b)) and subject only to the requirements of this section, a person who is not prohibited by Federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm, who is carrying a valid identification document containing a photograph of the person, and who is carrying a valid license or permit which is issued pursuant to the law of a State and which permits the person to carry a concealed firearm or is entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides, may possess or carry a concealed handgun (other than a machinegun or destructive device) that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, in any State that— ‘‘(1) has a statute under which residents of the State may apply for a license or permit to carry a concealed firearm; or ‘‘(2) does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms by residents of the State for lawful purposes…
In any state that recognizes conceal carry, this legislation would grant reciprocity. If you happen to live in a state like Montana or Idaho, for example, that does not require a permit to carry a weapon, the bill would still allow reciprocity with just a legal identification document.
Don’t worry, snowflakes, the bill says “lawful purposes” so bad guys can still be apprehended.