This article may not be what you expect. I do not intend to create some crazy controversy and tell you why gun owners shouldn't support National Reciprocity. The truth is that I'm all for National Reciprocity. I support the proposed legislation and hope it passes, but there are some things about that law that scare me.
You might expect at this point for me to talk about how this could change federal vs state power relative to gun control and while there may be some legitimate concern for that; there are dozens of other websites where smart people have given their opinions.
No, the fears I have are not being talked about anywhere else.
Consider for a moment that you are New Jersey, Hawaii, or New York City. You have always maintained the ability to NOT honor permits from any state and not to issue them to your own residents. You feel comfortable with that reality and (assuming the proposed bill passes and becomes law) you are forced to now recognize permits from anywhere. Your own local residents will bypass the local system by getting non-resident permits from Arizona, Utah, or Virginia in 60 days or less and your streets will be flooded with permit holders.
In that potential scenario, what control does the State maintain? They still can determine what a citizen with a valid carry permit can do. Where they can go with the firearm. So those states will change their laws from bad to worse… virtually turning concealed carry as most of us understand it into something far different.
The worst part? Firearm owners will undoubtedly get lulled into a false sense of security. With Trump on their lips gun owners will forget all about the differences in state laws and begin to carry across every state border forgetting that just because every other state may honor your driver's license doesn't mean you get to ignore their traffic laws.
This is a call to action for all concealed carriers in this country. Continue to support National Reciprocity. Continue to talk to your representatives in Congress but don't forget that even if National Reciprocity becomes Reality… you still need to be familiar with state-specific gun laws when you travel.
Perhaps I could even argue that it will become even MORE important than before to be familiar with those distinct and unfamiliar laws as one crosses state lines with a legal firearm.
As an organization, ConcealedCarry.com is committed to keeping track of relevant law changes and updating you here the best we can but we also encourage you to keep a copy of “Legal Boundaries By State – The Travel Guide For American Gun Owners” in your car.
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Whatever happens in Congress continue to defend the innocent from the threats that surround us…
And Stick To Your Guns!
President – ConcealedCarry.com