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Can Republicans Finally Pass a Firearms Reciprocity Law?

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Supporters of the Second Amendment expect big things from the Donald Trump administration. A Supreme Court justice who respects the Constitution is one of the top priorities, as is rolling back some of President Obama’s misguided executive actions.

But there may also be an opportunity to pass some new pro-gun legislation – after all, why should we always be in a position to defend our liberties? Let’s play some damn offense for once!

That’s the spirit behind a new House bill that would force every state to recognize gun permits legal in other parts of the country. Rep. Richard Hudson introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 on Tuesday in an effort to get the ball rolling.

“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that,” Hudson said in a statement. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense solution to a problem too many Americans face. It will provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits.”

This has been a pet cause for Hudson, who has introduced similar legislation in recent years. With Barack Obama in the White House, of course, it never stood a chance. Things may be different, however, with Donald Trump taking office. Trump has the full support and backing of the National Rifle Association, which has consistently endorsed a reciprocity law.

If passed, the bill would clear up the confusing system of conflicting laws that currently puts gun owners in unnecessary danger. As it stands, a permit holder in one state can be fined or imprisoned just for accidentally following the wrong laws across the border. This situation doesn’t keep anyone safe.

Gun control groups like Everytown for Gun Safety are naturally fighting the bill, claiming that national reciprocity is “a dangerous policy that would force all 50 states to let dangerous people carry hidden, loaded guns in public–even people with violent criminal records, stalkers, and domestic abusers.”

Meanwhile, of course, they claim that Chicago’s gun violence is the result of lax firearms laws in Indiana.

Even if you’re not gung-ho about the Second Amendment, this law simply makes sense. Hopefully, with Republicans in charge of the show in Washington, we’ll see a lot more legislation that passes that test.

 

  • John Beach

    “why should we always be in a position (to have to) defend our liberties?” Obviously, because there are some politicians who do not strictly adhere to the stipulations of the law of the land, the Constitution. Until politicians or presidents accept the fact that this is not a negotiable issue, just as those same politicians and presidents may, arbitrarily and unilaterally, exercise a choice to commit military, armed forces to combat for the purpose of enforcing the rule of law in a foreign country, there will be no acceptance of the Second Amendment as “settled law” just as liberal democrats would have us accept abortion, as “settled law,” on the basis of the failure of a woman’s right to choose, before sex, before conception and before abortion should need to be a choice to terminate innocent life.

    • harolddc

      Sadly there are too many white gun owners that do not give a damn about the murders each year in the USA. As usual not one of the gun nuts or the Republican Congress has come up with ideas to reduce gunshot deaths and injuries.
      And also the Black President of the USA fail to present a simple one page suggestion, and make it very clear for those with limited education. There must be a Gun Control Laws for those that are NOT law abiding Citizens. There is a vehicle control law in all fifty states. I fail to see that the following suggestions will restrict Law Abiding US Citizens from owning a firearm. The written test and firearm test should be consistent in all 50 states.
      1.NO non-US Citizen will be allowed to purchase a firearm, ammo or gun powder, and Black Powder weapons. .
      2.No felons, nor those that have been diagnosed as suffering from a mental ailment, or anyone arrested and convicted for domestic violence can own or carry a firearm, and black powder weapons..
      3. ALL fully automatic firearms and silencers will be registered with the ATF, and pay the required fees to own it, if approved.
      4. All non-citizens that commit a crime with a firearm or explosives in a terrorist attack, it should be deemed a federal crime.
      5. Anyone Law Abiding citizens that sell or loan their firearms to an un-lawful person shall lose all their rights to own firearms, including Black Powder weapons also. And they shall serve the same penalties if the firearm are use in a crime.
      6. Only those that have on their person a valid Conceal Handgun License that isn’t over 24 months would be qualified to purchase firearms, gunpowder and ammo at Gun Shows.
      7. No one under 21 years of age should be allowed to purchase firearms, ammunition or black powder.
      8. . No one under 21 years of age should have in their possession a firearm without being accompanied with a licensed Law Abiding Citizen such as when hunting.
      9, All illegal immigrants that have a firearm in their possession or commit a crime with a firearm should be deported.
      10. All legal owners of their firearms should be fully legally and responsible for the security, use and safety.

    • harolddc

      How come the Republicans haven’t drafted a copy of a ‘reciprocity license” in the last 20 years. I have written my representatives for such a bill. But in the “reciprocity” Bill it should prohibit non-American citizens, felons, the mentally ill, etc from having a weapon.
      Sadly there are too many white gun owners that do not give a damn about the murders each year in the USA. As usual not one of the gun nuts or the Republican Congress has come up with ideas to reduce gunshot deaths and injuries.
      And also the Black President of the USA fail to present a simple one page suggestion, and make it very clear for those with limited education. There must be a Gun Control Laws for those that are NOT law abiding Citizens. There is a vehicle control law in all fifty states. I fail to see that the following suggestions will restrict Law Abiding US Citizens from owning a firearm. The written test and firearm test should be consistent in all 50 states.
      1.NO non-US Citizen will be allowed to purchase a firearm, ammo or gunpowder, and Black Powder weapons. .
      2.No felons, nor those that have been diagnosed as suffering from a mental ailment, or anyone arrested and convicted for domestic violence can own or carry a firearm, nor black powder weapons..
      3. ALL fully automatic firearms and silencers will be registered with the ATF, and pay the required fees to own it, if approved.
      4. All non-citizens that commit a crime with a firearm or explosives in a terrorist attack, it should be deemed a federal crime.
      5. Anyone Law Abiding citizens that sell or loan their firearms to an un-lawful person shall lose all their rights to own firearms, including Black Powder weapons also. And they may be subject to serve the same penalties if the firearm is used in a crime.
      6. Only those that have on their person a valid Conceal Handgun License that isn’t over 24 months would be qualified to purchase firearms, gunpowder and ammo at Gun Shows.
      7. No one under 21 years of age should be allowed to purchase firearms, ammunition or black powder.
      8. . No one under 21 years of age should have in their possession a firearm without being accompanied with a licensed Law Abiding Citizen such as when hunting.
      9, All illegal immigrants that have a firearm in their possession or commit a crime with a firearm should be deported.
      10. All legal owners of their firearms should be fully legally and responsible for the security, use and safety.
      11. All law abiding citizens that are issued a Concealed Firearm License, it should be valid in all states.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    The answer is NO. Why? Because every state as the Republican states love to remind us constantly, has STATES RIGHTS. So, even when the fed passes legislation, it is up to states to approve or reject that legislation. No densely populated state will EVER allow guns to flow as freely as they do in the nutbagger states.

    Notice how the only platitudes these right wingers EVER have is to try and control others by fear and intimidation? That all you righties have? How about get better educations, use your STATE taxes for your states’ healthcare needs instead of feeding at the federal trough the rest of us end up paying for? Entitlement…yep..Republicans and their Entitlements. Just you try and force NY or NJ to allow your guns to flow like rivers on our streets and you will end up in the SC sued until you have NO state funds left.

  • EVERY THING THAT OUR CONSTITUTION SAY SHOULD STAY AND NEVER BE REPLACED. EVERY THING THAT OUR FORE FATHERS SIGNED IS TO STAY AND NOT CHANGE. IF THEY WAS CHANGED THEN THIS WOULD NOT BE AMERICA ANY MORE.

  • Tom Coryell

    I AGREE, LIBERALS ARE REALLY DICTATORS. THEY WANT TO CONTROL, STRIP US OF FREEDOM. STOP VOTING FOR THEM. MOST PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW WHO DEMOCRATS ARE. THE REAL TRUTH: THEY ARE A DEMONIC GOVERNMENT.

  • . James Maxwell

    With politician and an ignorant populace educated(?) in common core schools nothing is ever
    settled law. They will argue and sway the mindless masses to their way of thinking till the
    next election then change the law again. The Constitution is the closest we will ever come
    to settled law and even it has been changed from time to time by the American Voters with
    tweaks to cover gaps and enforce what is right among civilized people. Still we have idiots
    who think they see a way to twist words to suit their purpose, they are called lawyers.
    As far as Reciprocity agreements between states concerning carrying a weapon I think that
    is a States Right Issue and should be left between the states to come to terms on. I agree
    that if carry my weapon in accordance with the United States Constitution that is the only
    authority I need, but then you have a problem with criminals or others who are not American
    Citizens who will want the same rights and also mentality disturbed individuals and others who
    are not qualified to handle a weapon of any type. I think there has to be some guidance and
    regulation even under out Constitution concerning this and it will never be settled law.

  • S. Copelan

    A uniformed Police Officer in Penna. and getting off his shift and immediately traveling into New Jersey, then possibly getting stopped for going over the speed limit. He would then be arrested and taken immediately to jail for violating New Jersey law for carrying a gun across state line. This is a fact and Police Officers have been arrested for this. It is time to change these stupid laws to allow ANY LICENSED person (not just Police) to carry concealed anytime anywhere.

  • Curtess Mustafa

    Everytown For Gun Safety needs to be reminded that this legislation only applies to holders of (generic ) Concealed Handgun Permits. Given the rigorous Background Check and certified training required of all permit applicants – “violent criminals”, “stalkers”,”domestic abusers”, etc. are never granted permits. Armed criminals remain fully subject to all existing anti-gun laws everywhere.

  • bob

    About time we did something that the Dum-o-crat’s didn’t approve of, God Bless the USA!

  • A uniformity in the law should impact all 50 states equally in its interpretation, thus eliminating any chance of error on the part of law enforcement or the person with a CCW. The statement that, “crossing a state line should not redefine the rights of a CCW person for having done so.”

  • Obama’s muslims that are here and more coming every day and no firearms for protection–is not a good match.

  • Giley

    Currently, there is HR-218, federal, which allows honorably retired police officers with a special ID specific for that to carry across state lines provided those states accept the HR-218 CCW. There is a yearly renewal of the the ID with range qualification. Police officer’s respective agency from which they retired is responsible for issuing the HR-218 and providing yearly range qualification. If the retired police officer has moved to another jurisdiction then it’s up to the local sheriff or police agency to provide renewal again if that state accepts the HR-218

  • Julia Thompson

    I am a gun owner and I believe if you can be trusted in one state after a background check you should be able to carry in any state. The background check should be national and take more than 2 days. I went on a trip one time to see my sister in Montana, I live in Washington. In Idaho I had to take the gun out of my purse and keep the gun and ammo seperated. When I got to Montana I could bring it out again but it couldn’t be concealed because I wasn’t a resident of Montana.

    What I am saying I guess is if the gun laws say you can carry anywhere, they should also have it legal to carry in any or all places.

    • Firewagon

      So tired of ANY government ‘requiring’ me to PAY a fee in order for them or their “constituents,” of which I am one, to “feel safer” about my carrying a firearm! I “Pay” no fee to exercise ANY other rights as provided me in the Constitution. Many states have passed “Constitutional Carry” laws, requiring no ‘bought’ “license” to exercise our right to “….BEAR arms….!” I already pay, through my taxes, any persons required to push the paper work, or finger print me, and type up a “license” that authorizes me to legally carry a firearm in LIMITED areas. Why, then, are states charging fees for these administrative duties, exponentially increasing those “charges” over time? My state’s fee, when I first purchased a CCW license, was $15. NOW?, over $80!! That’s what I call criminal theft…. and, I have informed my Governor that, like the ‘true’ criminals, I no longer will pay their blackmail!

  • Gerald Mann

    Why is gun control a federal issue in the first place ? Since it is the state that has to enforce this law it should also be a state issue as to enforcement . However , Our Constitution states that it is every citizens right to keep and bare arms and it always used to be that way until the bureaucrats decided that they should stick their noses and managed to get the laws so fouled up that we have so many laws that anyone could be in violation at any time for so many reasons it is disgraceful. I think they should all be deleted and once again ever American Citizen should be permitted to carry a firearm , I think the streets would be safer , because who in thier right mind would pull a weapon with intent to do someone harm when a lot of citizens around him are also armed . The laws on the books help the criminal not hinder , the only thing that is hindered is public safty !!

    • Nikita63

      Amen Brother and as succinctly and accurately as I have ever seen.: and, I am a lifelong gun owner and a Vietnam Vet with a fifty year old degree in GOVERNMENT I had before serving there, then spending 2 years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. on staff. If there is one thing I have learned from THAT experience and dealing with them (Congress cretins) all the time, it is that most are not competent, think they are better than you and discovering THAT revelation , changed my expertise from Public Service to Manufacturing because I could not deal with the eternal phoniness of them ALL! Some things NEVER CHANGE : but, electing TRUMP may well have saved our country AND OUR FREEDOMS AND CHOICES. period.

  • Firewagon

    So tired of ANY government ‘requiring’ me to PAY a fee in order for them or their “constituents,” of which I am one, to “feel safer” about my carrying a firearm! I “Pay” no fee to exercise ANY other rights as provided me in the Constitution. Many states have passed “Constitutional Carry” laws, requiring no ‘bought’ “license” to exercise our right to “….BEAR arms….!” I already pay, through my taxes, any persons required to push the paper work, or finger print me, and type up a “license” that authorizes me to legally carry a firearm in LIMITED areas. Why, then, are states charging fees for these administrative duties, exponentially increasing those “charges” over time? My state’s fee, when I first purchased a CCW license, was $15. NOW?, over $80!! That’s what I call criminal theft…. and, I have informed my Governor that, like the ‘true’ criminals, I no longer will pay their blackmail!

  • It’s so bad that we have to keep fighting for our gun rights. Liberals in all states should learn to read and then we wouldn’t have this problem in fighting over and over about gun control, if they only could read in the constitution about what infringe means.

  • Billie Lynn Thomas

    Reciprocity is not what is needed, National Constitutional carry is,by people legal to carry. We as an armed society are a safe society.
    We need to restore the rights of veterans and seiners that had second amendment rights removed illegally.

  • Norm Wilson

    in my personal opinion, we should all be able to carry openly anywhere we go. If you are found to be unsafe or incompetent, then have your privileges revoked. The Constitution does not say “the right to bare arms if you can prove you are safe”

  • Amerigo M. Cimino

    It’s not the guns; nitwit!

  • Amerigo M. Cimino

    Any articles reference to the name “Clinton”; will cause me to delete!

  • It would be great if are elected officials would read the 2nd ammendment of the Constitution and just leave it alone. It should never be up for a vote. It is our right to bear arms. That is it not let’s vote on it every 2 years. If you want to do something good make everyone take a gun safety class. I have it did not kill me. I have also taken a concealed carry class this also did not kill me. Both will teach everyone things they should know for everyone’s safety even their own.
    Congress should just leave the guns alone for ever. If they outlaw guns all together then only outlaws will be armed. Then we have a lot of dead good people let us have a chance to live to.

  • What Countries don’t allow firearms ? That is still the best. The second Amendment was from a different Time.

  • Why have guns at all ? We’re not Barbarian’s ?

  • Why have gun’s at all ? We’re not Barbarian’s .