National reciprocity would be a major win for gun owners
This week, the House passed legislation that would require every state to recognize a concealed carry permit from another state. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow permit holders to cross state lines without the fear of breaking the law in another state.
Reciprocity does not affect any specific state’s laws about carrying a concealed weapon. Some states have relatively restrictive permitting procedures. New York state, for example, has one of the most rigorous standards for anyone seeking a concealed-carry gun permit. The process, if successful — and success is far from guaranteed – entails completing a large amount of paperwork, months of waiting and detailed inquiries into applicants’ history and personal lives. The bill that just passed does not require New York to change or stop enforcing its existing laws. The state can continue to enforce relatively restrictive standards for anyone seeking, within the state of New York, a concealed-carry gun permit.
There are at least seven states whose laws about concealed carry are relatively strict. Besides New York, those states are Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The remaining 43 states generally take a somewhat less restrictive approach to applications for a concealed-carry gun permit.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has jumped over one hurdle and will have to go to the Senate for consideration. If passed through the Senate and signed by President Trump, this bill will be a huge step for Second Amendment rights. It would guarantee lawful gun owners can use their lawful permits to travel from state to state without fear of violating state laws when travelling.