Republican Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina has proposed a bill that would allow concealed carry permit-holders to possess their guns while traveling between other states.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 would override state and local laws, allowing concealed carry permit-holders to conceal handguns in other states that also allow concealed carry.
“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that,” Hudson said in a press release on his website. “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. As a member of President-elect Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition, I look forward to working with my colleagues and the administration to get this legislation across the finish line.”
In a one-page explanation of the bill, concealed carry permits are compared to driver's licenses.
“Your driver’s license works in every state, so why doesn’t your concealed carry permit?” the explainer says, adding that “conflicting state codes have created a confusing patchwork of reciprocity agreements for concealed carry permit holders.”
According to USA Carry, 29 states “shall issue” permits to state residents and non-residents alike, while 14 states “shall issue” only to residents.
California, Delaware, New York City, and the Virgin Islands “may issue” only to residents, while Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and the rest of New York “may issue” to residents and non-residents.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) praised the bill.
“The current patchwork of state and local laws is confusing for even the most conscientious and well-informed concealed carry permit holders,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA, according to a press release. “This confusion often leads to law-abiding gun owners running afoul of the law when they exercise their right to self-protection while traveling or temporarily living away from home.”