South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson wants Congress to enact national concealed carry reciprocity.
This week, Alan signed onto a letter authored by Attorneys General in Missouri, Alabama, Louisiana, and Montana urging lawmakers in the Senate to pass the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and lawmakers in the House to pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.
“States should not be able to deny citizens of other states the basic constitutional right to self-defense,” Wilson said in a press release.
“South Carolinians who have gone through the process of getting concealed weapon permits shouldn’t have to worry about whether they can protect themselves and their families when they travel in other states,” he continued.
Those bills simply protect the rights of law-abiding concealed carriers. They do not change the law on who can carry. In other words, felons, minors, domestic abusers, etc. are still banned from bearing arms.
Additionally, the bills do not prevent states, local governments, and private entities from creating gun-free zones on their property.
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“Passing this law would not expand who’s allowed to have a concealed weapon permit,” Attorney General Wilson said. “It just eliminates the confusion we have now over which states recognize which other states’ permits. And makes that constitutional right uniform across the country,” he explained.
“The Framers were unwavering in their right to self-protection and steadfast in their support of the Second Amendment,” Wilson concluded.
It’s encouraging to see a handful of pro-gun attorneys general push concealed carry reciprocity. However, at the same time, it’s discouraging to see at least 17 other attorneys general reject it.
Last month, top law dogs from California, New York, Connecticut, among other states, voiced their opposition in their own letter.
“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,” stated the letter.
The NRA has said repeatedly that reciprocity is the organization’s “top legislative priority.” But it seems that every time the bills gain momentum in the GOP-controlled Congress, they’re derailed by opponents who politicize high-profile attacks to delay their consideration.
It’s sad. These bills have the potential to save lives. As we saw in Southerland Springs, TX, armed citizens have the potential to stop mass killers. By preventing responsible citizens from carrying concealed, opponents are putting more lives at risk — not fewer.