On December 6th, 2017, the US House of Representatives passed HB 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.
2017 was the heaviest year for mass shootings in the great United States’s long history, coming in at 307 gun deaths for the year, So it’s great news that our legislature has taken steps to allow Concealed Carry permits from one state to be honored in another state. Make sure you know the state you are traveling to has similar laws respecting Texas’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity.
It is a bit of a mystifying problem. Honestly, we want states’ rights. but would it be a tad ridiculous to apply for a new drivers’ license at every state you entered? Since the Constitution protects gun possession, this is a Federal issue. For those liberties of Concealed Carry, we are waving and chanting “bon voyage” as this bill enters the Senate.
Our assessment of H.B. 38 is that is that it exists largely to ensure that every state will honor any Concealed Carry permit or right from any other state, creating a clean set of governance that is easy to comply with and enforce. It standardizes whether states must accept the validity of carrying permits from another state. Currently, a confusing patchwork of laws exists that confuse gun owners and police, creating situations that turn law-abiding citizens into accidental criminals.
The bill’s net result will ensure that states are required to recognize the right to carry a firearm concealed by any person who possesses any Concealed Carry permit from any state or by any person who resides in a state where one can carry a concealed firearm legally without a permit.
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