Congressman Goodlatte Cosponsor National Concealed Carry Reciprocity

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Congressman Bob Goodlatte
Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Virginia-(Ammoland.com)- Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, recently signed on as a cosponsor of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, introduced by Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC). This bipartisan legislation falls under the jurisdiction of the House Judiciary Committee.

Congressman Goodlatte released the following statement:

“Law-abiding citizens should not forfeit their Second Amendment rights simply by traveling to another state. The premise of H.R. 38 is simple – if you are eligible to carry a concealed firearm in your state of residence, you should be able to carry a concealed firearm in another state that allows individuals to do so. This bill does not impede upon or change the authority of state and local governments to decide where citizens may or may not carry firearms. Protecting our constitutional rights is the greatest responsibility of any Member of Congress, and this includes protecting the right of law-abiding citizens to legally carry firearms to ensure safety for themselves or their family. I look forward to working toward the passage of H.R. 38 in the House.”

Background of H.R. 38:

H.R. 38 amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms. A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Congressman Goodlatte, "Law-abiding citizens should not forfeit their Second Amendment rights simply by traveling to another state."
Congressman Goodlatte, “Law-abiding citizens should not forfeit their Second Amendment rights simply by traveling to another state.”

About Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte proudly represents the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives.

As the Sixth District’s representative, Bob has worked diligently to protect the freedoms and civil liberties enshrined in the United States Constitution, including private property and Second Amendment rights. He is also focused on securing our borders through immigration reform, creating a pro-growth, pro-jobs economy, increasing access to health care, simplifying the federal tax code, ensuring veterans receive the care they deserve, and lessening the regulatory burden on the American people. Additionally, one of Bob’s top legislative initiatives is his constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget so that Congress will be forced to control spending.

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JR Bailey

All these fine, fine, fine, statements about the Constitution says this, the Constitution says that, are just dandy, pertaining to any lawful American citizen being able to carry a concealed weapon in any of the 50 states, DC, US territories, blah, blah, blah, and blah. While the Constitutional comments are contextually accurate, the comments and five bucks will get you a latte at any espresso joint! My point, is that the constitutionally accurate comments are as worthless, as are the arguments of the anti-gunners, in light of existing criminal law and codes! Those touting ‘we can do this and we… Read more »

JR Bailey

Nice article, but it doesn’t give any of us a clue as to where it is as far as passage goes!

As I understand it, speaker Paul Ryan is not allowing and will not allow it to come to the floor for a vote!

Should this in fact be the case, I don’t care how many co-sponsors there are, it will never become the law of the land, not because the Democrats stop it, rather, because the Rino Republican stopped it!

If this ends up being the case, I will be voting against Republicans from 2018 until I die!

Brian

Paul “Rhino” Ryne and the rest of the Republican Rhinos will keep it from ever getting to a vote.

Jim Macklin

The 3 point summary is not complete or totally accurate. The bill is better than said above.

Full text of the bill https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/38/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22concealed+carry+reciprocity+act%22%5D%7D

A non-resident license is valid even in your home state, such as NJ or CA or HI.

It also opens Corps of Engineers and Post Offices if I recall correctly.

D. Murphy

Point #3 answers your question concerning Constitutional Carry states.

(3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Steve Carr

For those of us in NJ where CCW permits are categorically denied, would having non-resident CCW permit (s) from other States qualify for National carry reciprocity?

Jim Macklin

I think it does. My comments in [ ] below. text from bill with sections of sentences broken out “§ 926D. Reciprocity for the carrying of certain concealed firearms “(a) Notwithstanding any provision of the law of any State or political subdivision thereof (except as provided in subsection (b)) and subject only to the requirements of this section, a person who is not prohibited by Federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm, who is carrying a valid identification document containing a photograph of the person, [a valid drivers license or military ID] and who is carrying a… Read more »

Jon E

Not necessarily, it must be your home of record (HOR), which will come up on your Concealed Carry License when it is run which your actual state of residence is, since it is federal, they will know your actual state of residence. Not to mention, some states authorize the issue of CCW Permits for out of state residents, these licenses will not allow you to carry nationally; however, you can carry in other states that allow, or permit that CCW. BUT, if you do get an out of state CCW that your HOR state already authorizes, then yes you can… Read more »

Jim Macklin

The text of the bill is clear and does NOT REQUIRE that your CCH/CCW license be issued by your state of residence, it says ” [a valid drivers license or military ID] and who is carrying a valid license or permit which is issued pursuant to the law of A [ANY] State and which permits the person to carry a concealed firearm OR is entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides [Constitutional carry state], A NJ resident can get a Florida CCW and carry in NJ. A VT resident can carry anywhere. A… Read more »

Wild Bill

@JM, Any state! So if Texas wanted to make a little money, Texas could issue a license to carry (LTC Texas’s verbiage) to anyone, over the internet, for a fee!

Wild Bill

Wow, that is so many more words than “… the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” We modern people are so much smarter than those silly old founding fathers.

Jim Macklin

The Constitution and Bill of Rights are NOT LAWS. They require laws to be written that comply. Prior to 2008 and 2010 with the HELLER and McDonald cases the states were able to write laws that are not constitutional NOW under the SCOUS decisions.
If you read the Fourteenth Amendment you will see where Congress is directed to write laws to enforce the provisions such as “No State shall make or enforce any law…”

VE Veteran - Old Man's Club

Uhhhhhhhhh … WRONG! The Constitution is the Supreme law of the land, and our rights are codified by the Bill of Rights. They have the full force and effect of law.

Wild Bill

Macklin, The traditional legal view is that the Bill of Rights is part and parcel of the Constitution; and the Constitution is the foundational law upon which all other federal statutes are built. So, when you write that, “The Constitution and Bill of Rights are NOT LAWS.” what do you mean and where do you get that?

Jim Macklin

Because the Constitution is the foundation, the matrix but it requires LAWS to enact, enforce or even define the details. You will notice that almost every constitutional amendment includes this sentence… “Congress shall enforce this amendment by appropriate legislation.” Lots of old laws were written prior to 2010 when The Supreme Court decided that the Second Amendment applied to the states. Those laws are on the books and the Fourteenth Amendment says they can’t be enforced, but Section 5 of the 14th says Congress must pass laws to enforce the Article. The First Congress had to write the Militia Act… Read more »

Wild Bill

@JM, Wow, that is so many more words than “… the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” We modern people are so much smarter than those silly old founding fathers.

JoeInOcean

Leaving only us slaves in NJ defenseless still.. hope I can move to America some day soon…

Jim Macklin

Not correct. Any state issued license . The only mention of state of residence is for residents of Constitutional Carry state residents.

Don Thompson

How are the states that don’t require a permit to carry concealed such as West Virginia affected by this?

Rocky

Thats a good question!

Michael

They’re not. It’s only the fact that once you leave your state if you have a CCW permit it is valid in all states and territories in the United States.

Jim Macklin

Not correct. Every citizen from every state can carry with a license issued by any state OR without a license if from a Constitutional Carry State.