National Reciprocity – Call To Action, Let’s Move This Bill

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National Reciprocity – Call To Action, Let's Move This Bill
Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

Virginia – -( Today we will begin with the first in a series of alerts that will all work toward the goal of getting national reciprocity.

Once the national reciprocity campaign is over, we will start a different campaign to clean up DC's gun laws (making CHPs “shall issue,” removing ammunition and magazine limitations, and eliminating DC's gun registration scheme).

Phase 1 is extremely important and is directed at Representative Bob Goodlatte only.

Phase 1A involves gun owners who live in Congressman Bob Goodlatte's district (Virginia's 6th Congressional District – all or part of the counties of Warren, Shenandoah, Page, Rockingham, Highland, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Rockbridge, Botetourt, Roanoke, and Amherst as well as the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lexington, Buena Vista, Lynchburg, and Roanoke.).

Phase 1B involves everyone else.


Bob Goodlatte chairs the powerful House Judiciary Committee. H.R. 38, the national reciprocity bill that VCDL wants to see passed, is currently stuck in the House Judiciary's Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations subcommittee, which is chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy from South Carolina. We need to get that bill moving and contacting Chairman Goodlatte is one way to do that.


If you live in Bob Goodlatte's district, your help is critical in getting national reciprocity! As a constituent, you can call Bob Goodlatte's office and speak to one of his aides.

Call any one of the following numbers and ask to speak to an aide:

  • 202-225-5431 DC Office
  • 540-432-2391 Harrisonburg
  • 434-845-8306 Lynchburg
  • 540-857-2672 Roanoke
  • 540-885-3861 Staunton

Talking points for the aide:

* H.R. 38, National Reciprocity, needs to be heard in committee and sent to the House Floor as soon as possible
* Rep. Goodlatte needs to cosponsor H.R. 38
* National reciprocity is long overdue and NOW is the time to get the job done
* The recent shooting at the ballpark in Alexandria shows the critical need for H.R. 38 for all citizens
* Reciprocity works wherever it is tried: Virginia honors the permits from all other states, and without issue
* President Trump has publicly stated that he would sign a national reciprocity bill

If you must contact Bob Goodlatte via email, the use this URL in your browser:


The rest of us must contact Chairman Goodlatte through the House Judiciary Committee phone line (there is NO email for the committee).

Please call 202-225-3951 and either leave a message, or BETTER, press option 2 to speak to a staff member.

Talking points:

* H.R. 38, National Reciprocity, needs to be heard in committee and sent to the House Floor as soon as possible
* Give your name and say you are a member of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, your local state group or NRA.

About Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

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  • 7 thoughts on “National Reciprocity – Call To Action, Let’s Move This Bill

    1. I agree with all of the above statements, unfortunately, I live in New Jersey. Whether this reciprocity bill passes or not, NJ state legislators all say, not in NJ.
      I applied for my carry permit here over 8 months ago and to date have not received a response. I have non-resident carry permits in five other states.
      Such is life in NJ. I’m certain the same will hold true for NY and California.

    2. Thank you Philip – you are the first person among we PotG to have started to think REALLY specifically about tactics. You are issuing a “call to arms (phones)” to Goodlatte’s constituents; and, secondarily, to the rest of us. You explain why it’s important for a few of us (Goodlatte’s constituents) to accomplish one specific thing – get HR-38 out-of-committee.

      More generally, I think we PotG need someone like you – Phillip – to think strategically about what we PotG really need to get accomplished. I (personally) think that that “what” is N-R; but, I might be mistaken; it might be that some different objective is really more important strategically (for illustration – attacking gun-free zones in the 40 Right-to-Carry States). The important point here is to stop frittering our ammo away on NON-strategic objectives (however passionate we might be about them) and concentrate our fire on one good goal (even if we aren’t all convinced it is BEST).

      Having chosen a strategic objective – and let’s suppose it’s N-R – then what are the best tactics? Many of us are pretty satisfied with HR-38; but even if that’s so, it doesn’t follow that HR-38 is necessarily the best tactic. What would the best tactic toward N-R be? Is it to inch our way toward something like HR-38 by getting small steps pushed through Congress?

      E.g., the Congressional shooting brought Massie (sp?) to introduce a DC-Reciprocity bill. It’s attractive because it side-steps the States’-Rights argument. If we can’t get this bill passed, then how can we imagine getting HR-38 passed? If we achieved DC-Reciprocity then wouldn’t we have taken a significant stride toward N-R?

      Another example is the well-known plight of the inter-state truck-driver. Who will not sympathize with the family-man (-woman) forced to sleep in a deserted rest-stop unarmed with a valuable cargo? It’s attractive because it falls clearly within Inter-State Commerce. Now, imagine if ANY-State CWP + Inter-State Truck-Driver’s license + carrying cargo that traveled in in Inter-State Commerce made you exempt from State carry laws. Then any truck driver (even one who principally traveled in his home-State) could get an Inter-State Truck-Driver’s license and side-step State carry laws. Nearly certainly, something in his cargo had traveled Inter-State.

      Likewise, are there court cases we ought to be pursuing that would only accomplish very tiny incremental goals? E.g., make DE, IL, OR, SC not discriminate against NON-Residents. (DE issues NO Non-Residents; IL only to Residents of a few States; OR to Residents of neighboring States; SC to Non-Resident owners of SC land).

      Would it make for better tactics to inch-our-way toward our goal via small incremental expansions of our 2A rights?

      1. The State’s Rights issue stands against the Fourteenth Amendment which says in part that “no state shall make or enforce any law that infringes upon the rights of citizens and that Congress shall enforce this with laws as required.
        The HELLER decision by SCOTUS makes each state and district honor the Second Amendment and the Fourteenth says that state laws are of no matter how long they have been in effect can not be enforced.
        HR 38 plus the Massey amendment should be seen as Congress enforcing the Fourteenth Amendment.
        HR 38 doesn’t require that a license be from a persons state of residence. If you’re from Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey or California, etc, a Utah or Florida license is valid.

    3. Congress recently got the message, they are targets for left wing loons. Members of Congress don’t automatically get personal bodyguards. D.C. laws make no allowance for the M.C. who live and work in the District. HR 38 combined with the amendment that clarifies that reciprocity between states also applies to the District of Columbia and the City of Washington, DC.
      Congressman Loudermilk has promised to support HR 38 with amendments to guarantee that every person and not just Congressmen and Senators have regained the Second Amendment.
      The Fourteenth Amendment say that Congress shall enforce the law that “No state shall make or enforce any law…” that means so many guns laws are unenforceable.

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