National Reciprocity Bill

Concealed Firearm Permit National Reciprocity Bill

A new bill for granting national reciprocity bill for Americans with concealed firearm permits has been introduced into the “new congress” just before our President-elect takes office.

I recently got my concealed firearm permit, so for me this is very good news as well as for other gun owners carrying permits. Traveling through different states with a concealed weapon permit doesn’t mean that the conceal carry laws are all the same.  So every state’s laws must be adhered to or there could be serious legal consequences even with a permit. 

All they would have to do is let the police know that they have a weapon and show their license.  Then move on to whatever issue caused them to be stopped by the police, like a ticket! A gun permit won’t get you out of a traffic violation.  

About The National Reciprocity Bill

The bill was put forward in the new Congress last week by Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C.  It will allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry license to have that license recognized in any other state that allows concealed carry, as I’ve said. This would also apply to states that recognize the so-called “constitutional carry” where a license is not required for a concealed handgun.

Rep. Hudson, says, “the goal is to prevent gun owners from getting caught in a patchwork of state-by-state laws.  New gun owners may not realize how important this is.  I sometimes travel through a few states in one day and I have to recognize their individual laws.  

The Bill Will Prevent Serious Legal Issues

It would be great to know that my state-issued concealed-carry license would be recognized in each state that allows concealed carry like a driver’s license so that there won’t be possible legal issues for concealed-carry permit holders like myself from one state to another.  

A story that brought national attention in 2014 is a serious example of the problem.  When Shaneen Allen, a Philadelphia mother of two, mistakenly entering New Jersey in possession of a loaded handgun, she was arrested and faced three years in prison.

This happened when she was topped by an officer for a traffic violation. She did what she was supposed to do by telling the officer she had the gun and a permit for her state of Pennsylvania.  

Not aware that her permit wasn’t transferable, she found herself charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and hollow-point bullets. Allen was pardoned in 2015 by Gov. Chris Christie.

Hope For The National Reciprocity Bill

Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, told that his group is confident it can pass the Senate.

“We think the chances of passing concealed carry reciprocity are very good. The Senate has already voted on similar legislation twice in the past — and both times the bill garnered a large majority,” he said, pointing to amendments in 2009 and 2013 that gained 58 and 57 Senate votes, despite Democratic control of the chamber.

The bill has picked up the approval of a number of gun-rights groups.  

“Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “This is an extremely important issue to our members and we thank Congressman Hudson for leading the fight to protect our rights.”


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