HOPE: One Step Closer to National CCW Reciprocity

HOPE: One Step Closer to National CCW Reciprocity

When President Trump won his seat in the White House, one of the fiery promises he made included H.R. 38, which would finally empower law-abiding Americans to defend themselves against violent criminals regardless of Democratic anti-gun measures.

On Wednesday, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed with 231 votes, and thus began the journey to restoring our Second Amendment rights.

From The Hill:

Two months after the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, the House on Wednesday passed legislation that would allow people to use permits for carrying concealed handguns across state lines while also boosting the background check system.

Despite bipartisan support for enhancing background checks for gun purchases, the bill passed along party lines, 231-198, due to Democratic opposition to the concealed-carry reciprocity measure.

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Under the House legislation, people with permits for carrying concealed handguns could do so in any state that allows concealed weapons.

People could only use their concealed-carry permits in other states that allow the practice if they are carrying a valid government-issued photo ID and are lawfully licensed to possess a concealed handgun. They would still have to adhere to established state and local laws.

Concealed-carry reciprocity is a top legislative priority for the National Rifle Association, which has resisted proposals to restrict access to guns in response to mass shootings.

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), the author of the concealed-carry bill, compared the concealed-carry reciprocity measure to how driver’s licenses and marriage licenses are recognized across states.

He gave an example of a single mother in south Philadelphia who had twice been mugged and purchased a handgun to protect herself. But she traveled to New Jersey, which didn’t recognize her Pennsylvania concealed-carry permit.

”If I get married in North Carolina but I move to Arizona, I’m not a single man again. They recognize that marriage,” Hudson said during House floor debate. “The concealed-carry permit should be recognized the same way.”

Statistics have repeatedly demonstrated correlations between anti-gun measures and increased levels of crime. For instance, residents of Chicago, Illinois suffer from alarmingly high amounts of gun-related crime despite having enacted some of the nation's strictest gun-control policies.

Democrats don't seem to realize that when they push for gun-control, the only people their laws affect are the law-abiding

Criminals love anti-gun measures. Leftist-controlled cities like San Francisco issue concealed carry licenses only to an elite few, leaving the remaining citizens vulnerable to brazen, confident criminals who know they can't defend themselves. 

Anti-gun policies have cost countless lives. Here's hoping H.R. 38 makes it all the way.

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