We’ve been publishing only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but this news is too important to wait another day.
A national concealed carry permit that works in every state similar to a driver’s license has been a major goal of those of us who support civil rights and the Second Amendment. We took a big step closer to achieving that goal yesterday as the House of Congress approved a Republican-backed bill making it easier for gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines. The bill passed 231-198, largely along party lines. Six Democrats voted yes, while 14 Republicans voted no.
The bill, House Bill 38, must still pass the Senate and the President’s desk in order to be enacted into law. By the time it gets through the Senate, it could be very different than the way the bill is written now. We can’t guess or assume what the final bill will look like. We can only wait and see.
Criminals already freely carry among states, whether they have a permit, failed a background check, have taken safety training, have a domestic violence arrest, have a mental health issue, or not. Law-abiding citizens ought to be able to do the same thing.
Surely, the most strict states (Hawaii, California, New York) will legally challenge it. At this point, your best bet is to already be legally permitted before the law changes. Once this passes, there will be a huge bottleneck on people waiting to get permits approved. Get it started now.
Track the action on the bill on the Congress.gov website bill tracker: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/38