National Concealed Carry Reciprocity advances

BloombergThe House Judiciary Committee late Wednesday voted 19-11 for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would amend the federal criminal code to allow the concealed transport of handguns across state lines, so long as both states allow it. States will not be able to impose their individual requirements for a concealed carry license on armed travelers from other states.

It's been a long time since we had a real chance to advance gun rights on a national level. We had a pair of good Supreme Court decisions, and a few in federal courts that at best did not suck. We have to go back to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in 2005 to get a legislative advance, and that was really just playing defense against the courts. Before that, there was the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act which traded a ban on newly manufactured automatic weapons for a number of minor improvements and reforms to the Gun Control Act of 1968. (It was a bad trade, in my opinion).

If Congress manages to actually pass it, we will move the ball forward. That would be nice, even if the legislation ends up having some flaws.

That said, it's possible the Republican leadership will attempt to combine the reciprocity legislation with NICS legislation. Why? Well, likely they will need some Democrat support to get past a filibuster in the Senate. Whether the compromise is worth it will depend on exactly what's in the NICS bill. We'll have to watch it closely.

Mike McDaniel has more on both issues.

This entry was published Mon Dec 04 22:31:40 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2017-12-04 22:31:40.0. [Tweet]

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