Episode 36: A Guide to Understanding CCW Reciprocity



Coming up today we go over what reciprocity is, what it isn’t, and what it means for you as a law-abiding CCWer. Jacob and I go over and discuss this at length today.

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About Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at ConcealedCarry.com and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. AJ on July 23, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this episode. It gives me a great appreciation for the intricacies of reciprocity and gun laws varying by state. Top-notch as always guys!

  2. Mike from Wyoming on July 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Great podcast just have one comment. You said you didn’t like a fed. reciprocity law because you like the states having control. While I totally agree the feds need to stay out of the individual states way this is a constitutional right not a state right. The states need to take back control of their schools since that is how it was set up, but the 2nd amend. shouldn’t be left to states to infringe on.

    • Joe McCain on January 24, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      I wholeheartedly agree.

      Federal level issues, to include our innumerated rights as defined by The Bill of Rights, should be guarded by our federal level officers -Congresspersons, POTUS, ET al., and constitutional carry should prevail. Only the US Congress should be permitted to make amendments, to include abortion, after all, what happened to the “life” part of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness part, which is Our single greatest abomination as a people.

      Tangentially, election laws for POTUS should also be held at the federal level, to include who may vote, what shall be required to vote, how the Electoral College is to be administered, and what, if any, prohibitions there may be to vote -to include During incarceration after conviction of a felony.

  3. Karl W. Plitt on August 17, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Good podcast. In the future discussions would you address the complexities for someone carrying state to state under the “Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act (LEOSA)”, H.R. 218? I am a retired police officer from Montgomery County, Maryland. I qualify annually there, take their class, and I’m issued a card certifying that I qualified under LEOSA. But, there are some squirrelly places that place some restrictions on retired officers carrying concealed. I used to have a Maryland CCW permit but I let it expire. They are very difficult to get and Maryland honors no other state permits, period. But, since I have a LEOSA card I’m good there. I moved out of Maryland some time ago but return to qualify. My old agency is good in offering this service to us retired guys. This might be a good topic for the future.

    • Riley Bowman on August 17, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Karl, thanks! I will see what we can do. It is not a subject that applies to a large percentage of our listeners, so maybe what we might do at some point is do an updated episode where we talk some more about reciprocity and slip into that the LEOSA bit. Thanks for listening!!

  4. MASTERMECH48 on August 17, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    C/C permits/laws ONLY, pertain to those of us LEGAL citizens. How many criminals have the 3 day wait for a background investigation to purchase, NONE. Just how many criminals have a C/C permit?? RECIPROCITY concerns with criminals, Ha,Ha,Ha!!

    • Riley Bowman on August 20, 2018 at 2:05 pm


  5. Paul Wesoly on August 27, 2018 at 10:38 am

    will there ever be national reciprocity

    • Jacob Paulsen on September 14, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      I wouldn’t count on it.

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