January 25, 2019
Understanding Concealed Carry Reciprocity
There is no justification for individuals’ Constitutional rights to end at the border of their states. Your rights to Free Speech or Due Process don’t stop at the state border, neither should your Right to Keep and Bear Arms under the Second Amendment.
Current Concealed Carry Laws
Under existing law, states have authority over issuing permits to qualified firearms owners allowing them to carry their legal firearms in a concealed manner. Each state, and certain local governments, set different rules regarding whether a concealed carry permit or license is required and under what qualifications and terms and conditions apply. There is no federal law governing the issuing of concealed carry permits.
The problem facing law-abiding gun owners is that, unlike other fundamental Constitutional rights, and unlike driver’s licenses, the permit of one state is not necessarily valid in another state. Some states have entered into reciprocity agreements with other states that allow for permits to be acknowledged in each of those states.
The combination of conflicting state and local laws with these agreements has created a confusing patchwork of ever-changing rules for firearms owners to comply with when traveling across state lines.
The Solution: National Concealed Carry Reciprocity
Concealed Carry Reciprocity would allow individuals who hold a state-issued concealed carry license or permit to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that allows concealed carry while following the laws of that state. Residents of Constitutional carry states would also be allowed to carry in other states that recognize their own residents’ right to concealed carry.