Everytown: ‘Concealed Carry Reciprocity’ Forces States to Let Domestic Abusers Carry Guns

If this stat is true, we need to empower women to learn how to defend themselves. Not pretend that we can protect them with more gun control legislation.

The big beef Everytown for Gun Safety has with national concealed carry reciprocity is on the domestic abuser front.

The gun control organization, funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, argues that the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” (H.R. 38) would make “domestic violence survivors and entire communities less safe.”

How so?

Everytown’s logic is based, in part, on the idea that H.R. 38 would force states to allow “domestic abusers and convicted stalkers to carry concealed handguns within their borders.”

Domestic abusers are prohibited from owning firearms under the Gun Control Act.  Already, their argument is on thin ice.  How does national reciprocity override a federal law that bans domestic abusers from possessing firearms in all 50 states?

Answer: it doesn’t.  To suggest that it forces states to welcome in waves of armed wife beaters is grossly misleading.

What Everytown is actually referring to is that some states have expanded prohibitions to go farther than the federal standard.  Not all states have those laws on the books.  Ergo, in Everytown’s estimation, creeps in states without those laws will now be allowed to carry in states with those laws.

On its face, it’s a seductive argument. Especially if one believes that laws are effective at curbing the behavior of outlaws, perves, and addicts. But we know better.  The prohibitions against illicit drugs do nothing to stop the crackhead on the corner from taking another hit. Right?

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By the same token, how well are Chicago’s gun laws working to stop the bloodshed there?  Not well.  Around 3,300 people have been shot so far this year.  Turns out, gangbangers don’t give a rip about the law. Shocking, I know.

The point is not that we shouldn’t have laws but that we need realistic about their efficacy and impact. If you’re inclined to be law-abiding, they probably work. If you’re a scumbag who takes a crowbar to the teeth of your girlfriend because dinner was served at 5:13 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m., they probably don’t work.

And, in that instance, this is where the focus needs to shift. From prevention to preparedness. From stopping the perp to empowering the victim.  Because more gun control will not stop inherently violent men.

What will?  A well-trained and well-armed woman.  Though Everytown doesn’t want to acknowledge it, capable women defend themselves and their children every day in this country. This is a crucial part of the debate that’s continually ignored in their quest to dismantle the 2A.

At its core, national reciprocity is about making domestic violence survivors more safe — not less.  It’s about ensuring that their right to defend themselves is not lost when they’re on the run from a violent ex, crossing into a state like New York or New Jersey. To not view it from this perspective is entirely shortsighted.

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

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  • Beachhawk March 21, 2020, 3:42 am

    That is just further proof that facts do not matter to Bloomberg and his gun-hating minions. In fact, facts don’t seem to matter to most, if not all, brain-dead liberals. Bloomberg surrounds himself in a blanket of armed security officers and he will tell you right up front that his personal security is more important than yours.

  • Kane February 10, 2020, 11:14 am

    What makes America “less safe” is when a misogynist billionaire, Michael Bloomberg is able to get away with mistreating people. This mistreatment includes telling a pregnant employee to “kill it.” The “it” being Sekiko Haikai Garrison’s unborn child.

  • Billyd December 8, 2017, 10:42 am

    Does the reciprocity in Maryland apply to the God forsaken state?
    In plain english,does a out of state Reciprocity allow Maryland residents to carry ?

    • Chuck June 17, 2019, 9:11 pm


  • Larry Kearney December 6, 2017, 11:54 pm

    What the bill does is to make a carry permit valid in all 50 states.

  • John Stanton December 2, 2017, 5:47 pm

    If Bloomberg is involved it’s got to be either a bad idea or patently wrong. In Cook County, Illinois the sweetened beverage tax was pushed by him and he inundated the airwaves with commercials. The voters in Cook County told the County Board that they didn’t want it. The tax was removed by a county board vote. Hope it cost Bloomberg a ton of cash for nothing. Stay in New York and peddle your crap there.

  • C Johnson December 1, 2017, 12:31 pm

    The Lautenburg amendment is a Federal US law. So this is just another example of anti-gun BS!

  • Frank Liso December 1, 2017, 9:09 am

    The false truths argument that Dems, Libs and Progressives make against Guns ownership, is always based on lies!
    Whether a responsible gun owner use’s his weapons for sporting uses or defense use the left always claims one of three false facts. 1.It’s easy to buy a gun, any violent unstable, wife-beating, drunk can buy one. NOT TRUE.
    2. Anyone that’s mentally I’ll can also buy a gun FALSE
    3. You can go to any gun show and buy a gun no checks required, FALSE.
    4 They always claim the gross number of gun deaths but never tell you the majority are self-inflicted. Most gun-related deaths — about two-thirds —in America are suicides, but an Associated Press analysis of FBI data shows there were about 11,000 gun-related homicides in 2016
    Everytown and the left in the USA would have you believe it’s the wild west, which by the way had very few gun deaths in reality.

  • Dan Ledbetter December 1, 2017, 6:31 am

    On the open carry issue about domestic abusers being allowed to carry, I would like to point readers to Sara Brady & her ilk as they fallow this principal.
    Our main agenda is to have all guns banned of course. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn’t matter if you have to distort facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.
    Sarah Brady

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