H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
On January 3, 2017, Congressman Richard Hudson of North Carolina introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The legislation would allow anyone with a permit from one state to carry hidden, loaded firearms into all other states.
The House passed H.R. 38 this week, making it the first gun bill to receive a vote since the back-to-back mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland, Texas.
The Sutherland, Texas shooting highlighted the lack of attention given by those legally tasked with updating the domestic violence conviction database, which is used to determine gun possession eligibility for background checks.
Congress considering a bill that would force states to lower their own legislative standards for concealed gun possession while being fully aware current laws to prevent illegal gun ownership by domestic violence offenders are not being followed, is unconscionable and puts domestic violence victims at further risk.
This also bill violate States’ rights by forcing states to give residency privileges to non-resident gun owners simply visiting their state.
A resident could equally undermine the laws of his or her home state by applying for a permit from a state with more lenient laws.
Citizens elect state leaders to represent their interests based on the needs of that state and do not expect the laws of other states to supersede their own laws - particularly concerning community safety issues that have traditionally been determined on the local level.