National concealed carry reciprocity legislation is on the move!
The House Judiciary Committee will vote on the measure this Wednesday. Known as H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, the bill would allow permitted gun owners to carry in all 50 states.
This is the National Rifle Association’s top legislative priority. As such, the gun lobby is urging everyone to light up the phone lines:
Please contact your member of Congress today and respectfully urge him or her to support H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. You can call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your representative or use the Write Your Federal Lawmakers feature of our [NRA] website.
Right on cue, gun grabbers are freaking out.
“After two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, Americans expect Congress to work in a bipartisan way to strengthen – not weaken – our gun laws,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Guns Safety.
“The gun lobby’s number one priority of ‘concealed carry reciprocity’ is a ploy to weaken state gun laws and allow untrained people and people with dangerous histories to carry hidden, loaded handguns across the country,” he added.
For the record, the bill would not change the way states issue licenses. It would just extend what is normal practice for a majority of states that recognize one another’s permits. Moreover, the same prohibited people — minors, felons, mental defectives — would be banned from possessing firearms.
In addition to national reciprocity, the committee will also be voting on bipartisan legislation to improve the FBI’s background check system.
The Fix NICS Act, as it’s called, is a carrot and stick approach to background checks. It provides incentives for states and government agencies to report relevant criminal and mental health records to NICS. It also seeks to hold “accountable” those agencies and states who fail to submit records.
The Fix NICS Act will almost certainly clear the committee. As for national reciprocity, it, too, stands a good chance of moving on to the next round given the GOP makeup of the House.