Republican Congressman Draws Up National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill


On Monday December 5, North Carolina Republican Representative Richard Hudson released the details of the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill he plans to introduce when Congress reconvenes for its next session. The bill would allow anyone with a valid concealed carry permit from the state where they reside to carry a gun in any other state.

“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and I plan to introduce legislation in the first days of the 115th Congress to guarantee that,” Hudson told the Washington Daily Caller. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense bill to provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits.”

Read the text of the proposal. The plan would smooth out gun carry laws from state to state. States with more restrictions would not be able to prevent out of staters from legally carrying a gun. Permits from the home state would still be required and all state’s laws on concealed carry would still apply.

In a lot of legal language, here’s what the proposal says specifically about carrying in other states:

“Notwithstanding any provision of the law of any State or political subdivision thereof (except as provided 10 in subsection (b)), a person who is not prohibited by Federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm, who is carrying a valid identification document containing a photograph of the person, and who is carrying a valid license or permit which is issued pursuant to the law of a State and which permits the person to carry a concealed firearm or is entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides, may possess or carry a concealed handgun (other than a machinegun or destructive device) that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, in any State, other than the State of residence of the person…”

Let’s hope it passes.