A group of attorneys general is speaking out against national concealed carry reciprocity.
Earlier this week, 17 top law dogs from CA, CT, DE, HI, IL, IA, MD, MA, NM, NY, NC, OR, PA, RI, VA, WA and the District of Columbia sent a letter to Congress saying they “strongly oppose” the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (S. 446) and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38).
“With the worst shooting in American history fresh in our memory, we urge you and your colleagues to reject these ill-conceived bills that would override local public safety decisions and endanger our communities and law enforcement officers,” states the letter.
Based on the premise that one’s 2A rights shouldn’t stop at a state border, these are common-sense measures. Per H.R. 38:
- This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.
- A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.
- Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.
But those attorneys general aren’t having it. Pulling the States-rights card, they went on to argue, “We would not mandate that one State honor another’s fishing, liquor, or hunting permits, yet the proposed legislation applies that same flawed approach to the far more serious issue of who may carry a concealed firearm.”
One’s driver’s license is valid in all 50 states, right? Driving isn’t even a Constitutional right!
Those standing in the way of national reciprocity don’t have a leg to stand on. The blanket claim that it would “endanger our communities” has no basis in reality.
We have more concealed carriers in the U.S. than in any other time in our nation’s history. And crime is down, not up.
— NRA (@NRA) May 24, 2017