December 4, 2017
New legislation which would allow hand gun owners to bring their side-arms into different states is drawing closer to a vote in the House of Representatives.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, also known as H.R. 38, would allow handgun owners with concealed carry permits the means to defend themselves in all 50 states.
The law passed a vote in the House Judiciary Committee on November 29th by a margin of 19 in favor and 11 against.
The reciprocity law was introduced in January by North Carolina GOP Representative Richard Hudson.
In a recent interview, Hudson explained the reasoning behind the bill.
“Frankly, the American people are sick of liberal elites in New York and San Francisco trying to tell us how to run our lives…trying to tell us that we can’t… we don’t have the right to defend ourselves, defend our families,” Hudson explained. “This is just simple, commonsense legislation that says if you’re a law-abiding citizen trying to do the right thing we’re not going to turn you into a criminal because you crossed an invisible state line.”
Opponents claim the law would infringe on states’ rights, but does not dictate who should receive a permit or how states screen applicants.
Instead, it removes the penalty from law abiding citizens who have been vetted by their home states to be qualified to carry concealed fire arms.
The bill has gained traction among a wide base of supporters.
Attorneys general from 24 different states have endorsed the bill, and it has earned the approval of the NRA and other second amendment advocates.
The fraternal order of police has also come out in favor of the reciprocity bill.
H.R. 38 is expected to advance to the House floor in the coming week.