If you are a Second Amendment supporter, there’s already enough reason to like Donald Trump’s election. However, there’s now one more reason to be psyched about a Republican president combined with a Republican Congress: the possibility of a national concealed carry bill.
According to The Daily Caller, North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson was ready to introduce a piece of legislation called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 to allow a concealed carry license holder from one state to carry in another state that also has a concealed carry law.
“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and I plan to introduce legislation in the first days of the 115th Congress to guarantee that,” Hudson said.
“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense bill 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,” he added. “As a member of President-elect Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition, I look forward to working with the administration to advance policies that support and protect our right to keep and bear arms.”
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the law would also “prevent more restrictive states” from stopping legal concealed carriers from carrying a firearm. In addition, those wrongfully prosecuted for concealed carrying in another state could seek damages under the bill.
Similar legislation has been introduced in Congress, most notably by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, but Democrats have always managed to scuttle the bill one way or another.
A national reciprocity bill was always at the top of conservatives’ legislative Christmas lists, and it appears likely to happen, thanks to Rep. Richard Hudson. We can only hope that this sends a message to gun-grabbers across the United States that we the people believe in our Second Amendment rights — and that we’re willing to support those who will stand with us.
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