National Concealed Carry Reciprocity to Receive Full House Vote This Week!

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity.

Make sure you contact your lawmakers and tell them to support national concealed carry reciprocity. (Photo: NRA-ILA)

This week, the full House will vote on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38).  A lot has been said about what this bill will and won’t include.

To help cut down on the confusion, below is a one sheet published by the bill’s author, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC).  It’s a simple, straightfoward overview.

To contact your lawmakers about H.R. 38, you can follow these NRA-ILA instructions:

Please contact your member of Congress using the Write Your Representatives feature of our website and respectfully urge him or her to vote “yes” on this vital legislation.  You can also call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your representative.



Your driver’s license works in every state, so why doesn’t your concealed carry permit? Just like your privilege to drive, your Second Amendment right does not disappear when you cross state lines. However, conflicting state codes have created a confusing patchwork of reciprocity agreements for concealed carry permit holders.

Without nationwide reciprocity, a North Carolina resident cannot travel to Delaware without having to reroute their trip to avoid driving through Maryland. In addition, a Pennsylvania resident who is a concealed carry permit holder consistently worries about making a wrong turn, ending up in New York, and breaking the law. Even the most careful and knowledgeable concealed carry permit holders find it difficult to navigate the current maze of state and local concealed carry laws.

Many Americans utilize concealed carry as their Constitutional right to self-defense, and we must guarantee that right is not infringed upon.


To ensure that our Second Amendment right does not disappear when we cross state lines, Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 with strong support by major gun groups. This legislation will:

  • Ensure that valid concealed carry permits issued in one state are valid for carrying concealed handguns in other states that recognize their own resident’s right to concealed carry;
  • Allow those from constitutional carry states the ability to carry in other states that recognize their own resident’s right to concealed carry;
  • Put the burden of proof clearly on the state to show that an individual carrying concealed did not comply with the law, thus protecting law-abiding gun owners from onerous civil suits;
  • Provide legal protections against states that violate the intent of this bill, making attorney’s fees and damages available to victorious plaintiffs in civil suits, as well as to defendants who prevail in criminal cases; and
  • Allow individuals who are carrying concealed to do so in the National Park System, National Wildlife Refuge System, and on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation.

Each state retains the authority to determine regulations for carrying within their borders, as well as for the carry permits or licenses that are issued under their law.

This legislation prioritizes the rights of law-abiding citizens to concealed carry and the ability to travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Gary May 29, 2020, 11:29 am

    I passed some gas facing into a very strong wind last week…IT had a better chance of passing through that wind than this bill does!!
    Did people forget who THEY allowed to sit in the House of Reps? Who THEY voted for and put in there??
    This is simply more CRAP they parade through Congress every couple of years to TRY to fool the rest of us, and convince US that THEY are finally doing what they were ellected to do!!
    Their NOT!! It’s all BS..this Bill wouldn’t float on DRY LAND!!
    Stop bothering us with fairytale bills that NEVER stood a chance of passing to start with!!

  • Gary Hromada December 5, 2017, 10:01 am

    Would this bill allow a Ca resident with four non-resident CCW’s carry in CA? I wondering since my county won’t issue!

  • gordon miller December 5, 2017, 9:23 am

    I hope to be wrong, but I don’t think the Reciprocity Bill has a chance of passing.

    • Gary Hromada December 5, 2017, 10:08 am

      I hope it does pass. The House should not be a problem. In the Senate 10 Demos must vote along side the GOP then it is a done deal. Many Democratic Senators are up for reelection next year in pro-gun states.

  • Sepp W December 4, 2017, 8:07 pm

    Link to bill in article. What I’m not clear on is those few states that are may issue or do not comply with FOPA when non-residents are traversing through with a firearm.
    For example, a nonresident traveling into MD with a firearm will, with few exceptions, be arrested. MD is also a “may issue” state and self defense is not good enough for issue of a permit. The bill seems to say that if an unfriendly state is “may “issue” then this bill, if it becomes law, says nonresident permit holder may enter into MD without retribution. MD takes great pleasure in infringing rights and freedoms of its residents and they have tough laws and bans on firearms and will arrest violators. Therefore, if they won’t issue permits to it’s own residents, then why would they honor nonresidents carrying concealed in the state. DC is same, albeit a few of the Metro LEOs are sympathetic, but have no recourse but to enforce the law. MD LEOs not so much, especially the troopers since the state police has supreme jurisdiction.

    • Sepp W December 5, 2017, 7:28 am

      Just read on another source HR38 is to be combined with HR4434, Fix NICS bill, and will be an up/down vote as one bill.

      • Sepp W December 6, 2017, 7:32 pm

        Read elsewhere the bill passed the House and is on to Senate. Apparently it was not combined with HR4434, but article mentioned something was added about a study that could lead to national licensing and no further details. 6 DEMs joined with Republicans.

  • Dan A Heiman December 4, 2017, 4:54 pm

    You didnt answer the real question…is this bill hikacked with add ons and politacal nonsense?

    • S.H. Blannelberry December 4, 2017, 6:21 pm

      We’ll have to wait and see…

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