Rep. Hudson on Fox News in 2017 discussing the importance of national concealed carry reciprocity. While his bill that year failed to become law, maybe things will be different in 2021.
On the first day of the 117th Congress, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2021.
Like previous iterations of the legislation, the goal is to restore one’s right to bear arms during interstate travel.
“Our Second Amendment rights do not disappear when we cross state lines, and H.R. 38 guarantees that,” said Rep. Hudson. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2021 is a common sense solution 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.”
“I am especially proud to have such widespread and bipartisan support for this measure and will work with my colleagues to get this legislation over the finish line,” he continued.
One hundred and fifty-four lawmakers have co-sponsored the measure, including some House Democrats.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association, celebrated the bill’s reintroduction.
“This legislation provides an answer to the confusing patchwork of laws surrounding concealed carry permits, particularly with regard to states where laws make unwitting criminals out of legal permit holders for a simple mistake of a wrong traffic turn,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
“It safeguards a state’s right to determine their own laws while protecting the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. We thank Rep. Hudson for his leadership on behalf of America’s hunters and recreational shooters,” Keane added.
Along with allowing those with valid permits to carry from state to state, the bill also allows residents of Constitutional Carry states to bear arms around the country provided they obtain a permit for reciprocity purposes.
The U.S. House passed carry reciprocity legislation back in 2017 by a vote of 231-198. However, the U.S. Senate never brought the bill to the floor for a full vote.
Many pro-gunners believed the passage of some form of concealed carry reciprocity was a shoo-in with the election of president Donald Trump in 2016. But alas, it didn’t happen.
With a close eye on the Georgia runoffs, maybe this will be the year for national concealed carry reciprocity.