National “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” PASSED House Judiciary Committee, Next Stop House Floor

National “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” PASSED House Judiciary Committee, Next Stop House Floor

Great news for concealed carry holders.

The National “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” passed the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and is expected to receive a floor vote before the end of the year.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) on January 3, 2017. It changes federal law so that concealed carry permits are treated like driver’s licenses, making a permit from one state valid in the other 49. This would fix the complicated and often confusing patchwork of concealed carry laws currently in effect throughout the country, Breitbart reports.

USA Today reports:

Residents of states that don’t require permits to carry a concealed weapon would be able to carry their weapons in other states that allow concealed carry, as long as they abide by local laws.

It would also allow off-duty law enforcement officers and certain retired officers to carry a concealed firearm in a school zone. 

Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said the way to combat gun violence is “not to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens, but to enforce the laws against criminals.”

“This bill is about the simple proposition that law-abiding Americans should be able to exercise their right to self defense, even when they cross out of their state’s borders,” he said. “That is their Constitutional right.”

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., the bill’s sponsor, told USA TODAY earlier this month that the shootings at a Las Vegas concert and Texas church only intensified his colleagues and constituents’ interest in his bill, reinforcing the belief that carrying a concealed weapon is an important way to protect and defend themselves.

On November 28 Breitbart News reported that Hudson’s legislation was scheduled for a markup in the House Judiciary Committee and the markup would serve as the last stop before a floor vote.

In fact, the markup demonstrated the committee’s confidence that national reciprocity was headed to the floor.

Hudson released the following statement once national reciprocity passed out of the House Judiciary Committee:

My bill is a simple, common sense solution to the confusing hodgepodge of concealed carry reciprocity agreements between states. It will affirm that law-abiding citizens who are qualified to carry concealed in one state can also carry in other states that allow residents to do so. I am pleased to see such strong support in committee, and I look forward to continuing this momentum and bringing the bill to the House floor as soon as possible.

 The NRA has lobbied intensely for the bill, urging its passage as part of its response to the Las Vegas shooting. They say it would eliminate a confusing patchwork of state concealed-carry laws and reciprocity agreements that can cause a law-abiding gun owner to unwittingly break the law while traveling out of state, USA Today reports.
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