Congressman Massie Introduces the D.C Personal Protection Reciprocity Act

Thomas Massie Reciprocity
Thomas Massie Reciprocity
U.S. Representative Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative Thomas Massie

Washington, D.C –-( Today, Congressman Thomas Massie, Chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, introduced H.R 2909, the D.C Personal Protection Reciprocity Act.

This legislation would allow individuals with a valid concealed carry permit issued from their home state to carry their firearms in the District of Columbia.

“After the horrific shooting at the Republican Congressional Baseball practice, there will likely be calls for special privileges to protect politicians,” Congressman Massie explained. “Our reaction should instead be to protect the right of all citizens guaranteed in the Constitution: the right to self-defense. I do not want to extend a special privilege to politicians, because the right to keep and bear arms is not a privilege, it is a God-given right protected by our Constitution.”

“If not for the heroic efforts of the United States Capitol Police at the ball field yesterday, things could have been much worse.

What’s always evident in these situations is this: the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

“To ensure public safety, we need to repeal laws that keep good guys from carrying guns, since not everyone has a personal police detail,” stated Congressman Massie. “The right to keep and bear arms is the common person's first line of defense in these situations, and it should never be denied.”

Congress has the authority to legislate in this area pursuant to Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the authority to “exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever over such District as may become the Seat of the Government of the United States.”

Although Virginia extends reciprocity to concealed carry permit holders in many states, the members of Congress and accompanying staff traveled directly from D.C., and were traveling back to D.C after the practice was over. It was D.C.’s harsh gun control laws that prevented these law-abiding citizens from exercising their right to bear arms.

Original Cosponsors include Reps Trent Franks (R-AZ), Scott Perry (R-PA), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Ted Budd (R-NC), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Jody Hice (R-GA), Justin Amash (R-MI), Mo Brooks (R- AL), Alex Mooney (R-WV), Rod Blum (R-IA), Ken Buck (R-CO), Todd Rokita (R-IN), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Keith Rothfus (R-PA) David Schweikert (R-AZ), Rick Allen (R-GA), Tedd Yoho (R-FL), Randy Weber (R-TX), and Bill Posey (R-FL).

  • 31 thoughts on “Congressman Massie Introduces the D.C Personal Protection Reciprocity Act

    1. I think it is ironic that a republican congressman got shot by an AK14(or whatever) and wow they take notice. I don’t see any republican taking notice when innocent children, road rage victims, domestic violence victims and mass shootings victims get killed. But, hey, they probably don’t vote. Republicans voted against background checks but now they wonder why there weren’t background checks in place when they got shot. Just a very left wing liberal calling from common sense with gun issues. I can’t wait to see the backlash from this. Helps me realize that a lot of people who own guns are really mentally disturbed as they try to label the shooters who kill masses of people.

      1. Jan, the shooter did legally acquire his firearms. Regardless of method and whether or not ant weapons are used, murder is illegal. Laws do not prevent “crime”, they only mete out punishment when laws are not adhered to.

        Based on your reasoning, felons don’t have firearms because they are not legally allowed to purchase nor possess them. However the reality is that they do illegally obtain and possess them.

        The mentally ill are those that think as you do, believing that being disarmed protects you, even though this incident clearly shows that being armed saved the lives of those this Leftist attacked.

      2. Jan, pay attention to the REAL NEWS when these victims get shot! It’s the Republicans that DO TAKE NOTICE and are either shooting back to protect, doing the EMT WORK, the Investigations, Manhunts, REPORTING OF THE TRUE EVENTS and likewise. Probably the reason you never SEE or HEAR the Republican side in these matters is because they are scurrying around, WORKING TO SAVE LIVES, SECURE “EVIDENCE” (We know you Lefties have a problem with such a petty thing as EVIDENCE that leads TO THE TRUTH!) to CORRECT THE PROBLEMS THAT WERE CAUSED BY LEFT WINGERS!?!?!?

    2. Ugly and James have it. HR38 is the solution. 199 co-sponsors and HR38 sits in committee since January 12th.
      They mock the citizens wasting time with the expensive continuing Russian Probe/Connection knowing there is no evidence of a connection.

    3. What if . . . what if . . . every Congressman (and Congresswoman) took a defensive handgun course and got a CCW permit??? Do you think that at least SOME of them might turn “gun friendly”? I don’t know, but take a look at this offer:

      Maybe I just live in a fantasy world, but at least somebody is trtyng to do SOMETHING, here!

    4. This is a very interesting proposal. Remember: How did we lose our 2A rights? Incrementalism. How are we likely to get them back? . . .
      All too many of us imagine that we will get our 2A rights back by the Wish Fairy descending upon us and blowing-away all gun laws with one puff of smokeless powder. Grow up!
      Observe that there is NO Constitutional argument about Congress’s power to legislate for DC for whatever purpose whatsoever. Got that? NO Constitutional argument. Good; now, that’s out-of-the-way.
      Now, then, what is at issue? The right of CWP holders to bear arms in DC. So far as it goes, why would we not approve of that? Don’t we want this bill to be brought to a floor vote in the House? And, a companion bill brought to a floor vote in the Senate? Will my Congressman and my 2 Senators vote for/against such a bill? Inquiring voters want to know before the next mid-term election. Are these 3 guys so opposed to my exercise of my 2A rights in the seat of government as to vote No? Are they so confident in their personal security in DC as to deny themselves – and all their colleagues not in leadership positions – that they will deny themselves their own 2A right to bear arms in DC? Let’s have these Constitutional-rights deniers stand-up and be counted!
      I’m afraid that my 3 representatives will be all too happy to let every form of 2A rights languish IGNORED forever. Worse, the GOP leadership want this outcome as well – let no 2A bill on the floor – EVER. They have the full support of gun-owners who insist: “I want it ALL and I want it NOW! No incrementalism for me!”

    5. How about ammending that bill to repeal ALL of DC’s anti gun laws? Take the “authority” away from DC;s serial fascist police chiefs, who have both adamantly refused to obey direct orders from SCOTUS in TWO cases brought against DC’s wretched anti gun laws.

      THen constitutional carry would be legal, because the ONLY thing limiting who can carry is the same criteria determing who can possess a firearm.

      Trasn ALL of DC”s anti gun laws.

      1. How about removing those DC police Chiefs from office and replacing them with unbiased Chiefs that will follow their oath of office?

      1. And the freedom loving Kommieforniastan. I’m sure that Kommiela Harris will support this fully as will Queen Nancy.

    6. Read the bill again. It states all, repeat all. Just politicians is not the intent of this bill. It’s a shame so many people can’t comprehend what they read and blast off half cocked and spout nonsense.

    7. Thomas Massie is ignorant of his constitutional rights. The Civil Right to bear arms, on your person, concealed or open is a Right that existed even before it was enshrined in our Bill or Rights. Massie is a sheep. Look at what he says, “This legislation would allow …” Allow, allow! Why do we need legislation to allow us to do something that we can already do on our own authority, and that the government can not take away? Have the Federal and State governments forgotten that their main purpose is to defend our rights?

      1. And as he said in the article… ” the right to keep and bear arms is not a privilege, it is a God-given right protected by our Constitution”. He is limited by the confines and shackles our ignorant and power hungry predecessors have saddled us with. He is working toward total Constitutional carry. As for him being a sheep, you obviously have no idea what he does and stands for in Washington. He refused to take a ton of lobby money, and is always fighting with the liberal GOP leadership when they constantly sell out the American people.

        1. @Brian D, It is true, I do not know what he stands for in Washington. He does not represent me, so I don’t keep track of him, but he does say, “This legislation would allow…” so, based upon his own statement what was I to think?

      2. The right to keep and bear arms *is* a natural human right, and all infringements of that right are invalid.

        That doesn’t stop government thugs with government guns from infringing on that right anyway.

        Our rights were lost a piece at a time, and we can get them back the same way. It’s certainly not as satisfying, but it might actually work.

    8. I did notice one thing about the Original Cosponsors of this bill, every one of them has an R by there names. I do not see one D any where on that list. Kind of makes you wonder why, lol. It should also make all think about what would have happened if killary would have won the election. Well let me see in one of her speeches I remember her telling the Country she would scrap the Constitution and bring in NATO LAWS. I look at Europe and see how they have inbraced NATO LAWS. Hey Europe how is that working out for you all.

        1. HEAVEN FORBID THE THOUGHT WILD BILL, SHE IS STARTING TO CAMPAIGN FOR 2010 UNLESS SHE GETS LOCKED UP. I never want to think of that thought again.

          1. I hope she keeps campaigning for the 2010 election. Not only is that in the past, it wasn’t even a presidential election year. 🙂

            1. OK OK I GOT THE YEAR WRONG. However Hitery has said she will be the candidate for the 2020 ELECTION (GOT IT RIGHT THIS TIME.) although with some of the crazy stuff she seems to come up with on occasion, she may still think it is the 2010 primary or midterm election so she can win another office at the capital. Just to show how demented she can be. Really, Thanks for the correction and heads up. Do think that there are some Congress PERSONS that do not seem to know the Constitution/Bill of Rights that well and may make a mistake in their thinking.

    9. Ugly,
      Washington D. C. ( District of Columbia) is not a state and therefore would not be covered by allowing cc resiprocity in all states. This bill would fill the gap.

    10. HR 38 is the national reciprocity bill. It would let all people carry in all states. This bill seems to do the samething but only for congress. Hmmmmmmm

      1. Exactly, Ugly.

        Dear majority GOP congress: Quit screwing around and get National Reciprocity done. It was introduced the very first day of this session of congress. Better yet, national constitutional carry, as the bill of rights guarantees.

        1. All Congress has to do is say that the 2nd Amendment will stand in all 50 states and territories of the United States. PERIOD.

      2. Ugly, are you sure about that? Because his statement says “Our reaction should instead be to protect the right of all citizens guaranteed in the Constitution: the right to self-defense. I do not want to extend a special privilege to politicians…”

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