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New York – -( The Arbalest Quarrel recently published an article, Attention All Law Abiding Gun Owners: National Concealed Handgun Reciprocity is in Jeopardy.” And, this wasn’t the first time we wrote specifically on this critical subject.

In February 2018, almost ten months ago, we posted an article discussing 115 H.R. 38, “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.” The article is titled, It’s Time for National Handgun Carry Reciprocity to Secure the Citizen’s Right of Armed Self-Defense, Throughout The Country.”

In that article, we stated:

“Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC), introduced the bill on January 3, 2017. The bill passed the House by Roll Call Vote of 231-198, on December 6, 2017. It was sent to the Senate one day later, where it was read twice and then referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. President Trump supports it. The NRA supports it. And, rank and file law enforcement officers support it too. But, there has been to date no further action on it. The bill sits in limbo. Its prospect of passage is, at present, low. Why is that?

What is the U.S. Senate waiting for?”

On June 27, 2018, in the Arbalest Quarrel, under the title, National Concealed Handgun Carry Reciprocity is the Answer To International Islamic Terrorism In The United States,” we once again questioned the seeming lackadaisical attitude of the Senate under the leadership of Mitch McConnell, toward national concealed handgun carry reciprocity. We once again asked,

“What is the status of this [115 H.R. 38] bill? It languishes in Committee.” 

We are still asking. Indeed, why has this bill languished in the Senate Judiciary Committee for almost one year?

Clearly, passage of this bill is critical to the strengthening of the Second Amendment, consistent with the intention of the founders of our free Republic who codified the natural right of the people to keep and bear arms, in our Bill of Rights. Since January 2017, the Arbalest Quarrel has written over twenty articles dealing with the importance of national handgun carry reciprocity. We invite interested readers to take a look at all of our articles.

We know that the Democratic Party leadership, along with virtually all Congressional Democrats, and particularly those of radical “Left,”are adamantly opposed to this bill. The burning $10,000.00 question, though, is this: Is the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, also opposed to national handgun carry reciprocity?

If Senator McConnell isn’t opposed to the bill, the effect of his doing nothing to move it along has the same impact as active opposition to it. Ultimately, Senator McConnell, as the Senate Majority Leader, has absolute or virtually absolute control over what bills are acted upon and what bills are not. He wields immense power. It may be, of course, that Senator McConnell having wished for and having sought bipartisan support on this bill and, realizing he was unable to obtain it, has been resigned to simply ignoring it, thereby allowing the bill to lapse of its own accord, without action in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it presently sits. But, what can be more important than our fundamental and unalienable rights and liberties, especially the right of the people to keep and bear arms, for the purpose of self-defense and as the ultimate fail-safe mechanism to prevent tyranny?

If the American people have to wait for conditions to be “right” for passage of national handgun carry reciprocity, we may be waiting until Hell freezes over, especially with so many new radical Left elements poised to flex their muscle when the 116th Congress takes over on January 3, 2019. That is why it is necessary to fast-track the Senate bill on this without further delay, so it can be sent to President Trump for his signature before the lame-duck Senate adjourns for the Christmas Holiday. For, if the lame-duck Senate does not act at once, all unfinished business of the 115th Congress remains unfinished—dead—until or unless any pending bill of the previous, 115th Congress, is reintroduced in the 116th Congress, when Congressional business starts anew.

Once the 116th Congress commences business in January 2019, however, you can forget about passage of national handgun carry reciprocity and you can forget about passage of any other bill that serves to strengthen the Second Amendment. For, if there is one thing Congressional Democrats—who will seat a majority in the House of Representatives—will focus their energies on, apart from continuing their effort to undermine President Trump, and apart from their singular objective to open our Southern border to thousands, more, of illegal aliens, it is their single-minded desire and goal to weaken the Second Amendment. And, they seek to accomplish that through federal Statute, to the point that the right embodied in the Second Amendment becomes essentially non-existent.

Remember, this: no bill becomes law unless both Houses of Congress agree on passage of a bill and the U.S. President then signs the bill into law. It is reasonable to assume that a Democratic Party majority in the House of Representatives will have no incentive to strengthenthe Second Amendment—and this is no understatement. So, if national handgun carry reciprocity, which passed the Republican controlled House in 2017, does not see passage in the Senate now, it will go nowhere, in 2019.

The newly reconfirmed Democratic Party House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—will likely never allow national handgun carry reciprocity, or any other Pro-Second Amendment bill, to make it to the Floor of the House for debate and for a vote by the full House even if a Republican House member reintroduces national handgun carry reciprocity in 2019. And, if for some reason Nancy Pelosi, were to allow debate and a roll-call vote of a new national handgun carry reciprocity measure on the Floor of the House in 2019 or 2020, it would only happen if she knew the bill would fail and, of course, she would want the bill to fail, as she is a fierce opponent of the individual right to keep and bear arms, embodied in the Second Amendment.

Time is therefore of the essence. If we are to see national handgun carry reciprocity, the Senate must act promptly on the bill that passed the House under Representative Paul Ryan, and which is now and has been suspended in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Ammoland Shooting Sports News and The Truth About Guns  immediately posted, on their websites, our article calling for Americans to urge the Senate to act on the bill the Senate has been sitting on for almost a year. And it is a top story. If you do a search on Google, using the phrase, “national handgun carry,” you will see also that the Arbalest Quarrel article, as it appears on Ammoland Shooting Sports News, has the number one spot, and the article has held that spot for several days.

The Arbalest Quarrel continues to reach out to Pro-Second Amendment organizations and to responsible social media and news sources to mount a last-ditch grass-roots effort for passage of the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.”

Over the past few days, we have made substantial progress and hope remains. We trust that thousands of American citizens have responded to our plea and have made calls to Senators Mitch McConnell and Charles Grassley, and that they have contacted NRA and the White House, too. And, we know that thousands of Americans who cherish their sacred Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms have responded with their views and comments on Pro-Second Amendment websites and social media to get the word out. Your message to Senate Republicans should be clear and clearly expressed: “If you want my vote, pass national concealed handgun carry reciprocity now!” “Votes” are one thing that all politicians know well and are sensitive to.

The Arbalest Quarrel is doing its part. To further this important and timely matter. The President of the Arbalest Quarrel, Stephen L. D’Andrilli, sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, asking the Vice President to urge President Trump to call the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, urging Senator McConnell to hold a full Senate Roll-Call vote on the bill, before the Senate adjourns for the Christmas Holiday, and the business of the 115th Congress ends.

The content of that letter which was sent on official Arbalest Quarrel letterhead, on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, via Priority FedEx Overnight, is as follows:

November 27, 2018                                 via FedEx Priority Overnight

The Vice President of the United States The White House
Office of the Vice President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500

Re: National Concealed Handgun Carry Reciprocity

Dear Mr. Vice President:

I had the distinct honor and privilege of meeting and talking with you at the 2014 annual convention of the NRA, in Indianapolis, and, once again, a year later, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, where you were a guest speaker at the New York Meeting. This coming April 2019, I will be attending the NRA Convention that will be held once again in Indianapolis.

I am aware that a central plank of the Democratic Party leadership is directed to destruction of the Second Amendment-the surest path to tyranny if the Democratic Party succeeds. So, the best way to derail the Democratic Party’s efforts is to strengthen the Second Amendment. It is essentially for this reason that I am writing to you, and I am doing so out of a sense of urgency, as time is of the essence.

Almost one year ago, the Republican controlled House voted for passage of 115 H.R. 38, “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. “The House passed the bill on December 6, 2017, and it was immediately sent to the Senate for action. If Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, had pushed for passage of the bill, I feel certain it would have passed in the Republican controlled Senate. But, inexplicably, and disturbingly, the bill has lied dormant in the Senate Judiciary Committee, for almost a year.

A Democratic Party controlled House will likely not allow for passage of a bill for national concealed handgun carry reciprocity. So, any attempt by Senate Republicans to resurrect the bill in a Republican controlled Senate, when the new Congress commences business, on January 3, 2019, will be futile. We therefore have only a small window of opportunity remaining before the Senate recess. This is why the Senate must pass this measure without delay and present it to President Trump for his signature, before the Senate adjourns on December 14, 2018.

On our website, the Arbalest Quarrel, have discussed the importance of moving this bill through the Senate, while Republicans control both Houses of Congress. The link to our article is: We invite both you and President Trump to review our article and to act on this.

Nothing has more importance to me than the sacred rights and liberties set forth in our Constitution, and the preservation of our way of life, grounded in the Judea-Christian ethic. Both are under constant assault by Leftist elements inside our Country and outside it, and by our purported “free” Press.

As President Trump has made support of the Second Amendment an important part of his campaign, national handgun carry reciprocity would stand as his most important achievement in safeguarding the individual’s natural right of self-defense with a firearm. And, too, defending the Second Amendment through passage of this bill will demonstrate to millions of American citizens the veracity of the President ‘ s promises, the value of his word, and the strength of the President’s will to complete what he sets out to do.

I respectfully request you urge President Trump to call upon Senator McConnell to hold a Senate floor roll-call vote on national handgun carry reciprocity before the Senate adjourns on December 14, 2018.

I welcome the opportunity to assist further in this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of help. Thank you very much.

Respectfully submitted, _____________

Time is of the essence. The fight is not over. Right-To-Carry nationwide is still possible. Keep in mind what the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “A right delayed is a right denied.” And, many of you may recall the profound witticism of the late, great New York Yankees baseball catcher, Yogi Berra: “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Please do your part, write your Federal Senators. Tell them to help make National Concealed Handgun Carry Reciprocity the Law of the Land.  Whether it’s one or two phone calls or a quick text message, doing something is better than doing nothing. The fate of national handgun carry reciprocity and the fate of our fundamental, natural right, etched in stone in the Second Amendment, is ultimately in your hands.

Arbalest Quarrel

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The Supremacy Clause (Article 6) makes it very clear that all of these “infringing” laws are null and void, and absolutely no one has a duty to ENFORCE them or OBEY them. They get away with enforcing them AT THE POINT OF A GUN, and using the bottomless resources of the taxpayer funded State to make life miserable for patriot law abiding citizens. LEO’s need to be re-educated on the Constitution, the Supremacy Clause, and their duty NOT to enforce illegal laws. It’s time we started holding Judges, lawyers, LEO’s, politicians, and lawmakers accountable. It’s time that all gun owners… Read more »

m r c

will flatt I hope someone out there knows I keep asking my last time yesterday that one not shown yet

James Brigham (Bigg) Bunyon

I want the federal government involved in as few things in my life as possible. Seems to me having the feds run the reciprocity merry-go-’round would be about as successful as their running health care, tax reform and all the other programs where they got control and created a class 1 Embuggerment. The ultimate “cost” is just not worth the benefit.

Nathan Hale

Bigg – the Feds will be just as much engaged in National Reciprocity as they are in your drivers license. When’s the last time the Feds checked your drivers license ?


Feds checked MY driving license the last time my state demanded to fleece me again for the “priviledge” of traveling via motor vehicle.Further, Feds have imposed a new boondoggle on states setting “standards” for driving licenses. I don’t have to renew again for a few more years, but I am given to believe that when I DO, it will be a LOT more costly because of all the rigmarole Uncle Stupid have imposed on us. Of course, my stupid state rolled over feet in the air and panted heavily when they “asked nicely” that the state change their requirements for… Read more »


Stupid people. One department of Kansas government has ready access to records of other department/agencies of the same state. I’m surprised they’ve not just mandated KDOT simply forward their entire database to Stateof Kansas. In my state just about everything is cross-referenced between departments, so much so its just about one big database. Copper lights me up, before I’ve rolled to a stop he knows I have the Mother May I Card and am thus likely packing. Most are cool with that cause they KNOW we are statistically more law abiding than they are. But some….. oooohhh, BAD case of… Read more »

The other Jim

Thanks for the link. Sent Pres. one too.

Mike in a Truck

Bwahahaha! Y’all starting to get the impression we been played?” Give us the House”.”Give us the Senate”.”Give us the Oval Office”. So we did.What did we get in return? To use an old Army saying: Hard Dick and Bubblegum.Mitch,Paul, and all the rest of these Uni-Party traitors have purposely slow walked the Presidents agenda and never stood up against the ongoing attacks on him.Im done with them all.Its time for us Patriots to start a new party.Not an AfriAsia Elephant. Not a Jackass.But the American Eagle Party.We can invite POTUS to lead it.If he refuses shitcan him also.

Bryan Winton

Nope. I will not support this. This opens the door for more Federal control. I hope it dies and here’s why! The authors of this piece are absolutely and unequivocally correct! Period!!


There IS way too much ceded to FedGov in this Reciprocity bill, and I don’t like that. When someone writes a bill that is just and does not grant power to fedGov to control, I’ll support it. HOWEVER, I read the piece from 10AC. I generally agree with those guys, and appreciate what they do. BUT as I read the article, I relaised their idea of how the Bill or Rights works is radically different than what I have learned of it. If they are correct on the arms issue, that one state can pass restrictive/prohibition laws with umpinity and… Read more »


I live in Oregon, and both my Congressmen are Democrats. One has used the excuse of not allowing other states to dictate to us, as to why he opposes the Bill. His argument ignores the plight of Oregonians who accidentally get caught up in other state’s draconian anti-gun laws, but that is what Democrats do, they ignore everything that doesn’t fit into their own agendas. We also need term limits on top of everything else.

Clark Kent

Term limits are already enshrined in the Constitution. They are called elections and are held on a regular basis. The REAL problem is most citizens can’t be bothered to get off of their collective fat azzes to bother to REGISTER to vote, much less cast a ballot. ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’ – Pogo.

Timothy Votaw

Indeed. Oregon is lost to the conversation on anything to do with this. We are already a “Red Flag” state, the unlawful, gestapo tactics of firearm seizure. That is just a beginning. The irony is that even just 15 years ago, we were still in a relative balance in Oregon, holding to our state’s historical set of beliefs, our heritage, the sense of freedom we oncehad. Almost overnight, Oregon absorbed so many “outsiders”, who brought with them the very problems they left, such as the Californian influx, that our very foundation crumbled, being replaced by Left-wing, liberal and Democratic dogmatics,… Read more »

William Flatt

Guys, if you want to contact Trump to light a fire under Grassley’s and McConnell’s collective butts, you gotta use email by going to and select “Contact the President” in the first dropdown menu. I already killed two birds with one stone and mentioned BOTH National CCW reciprocity AND walking back the bump stock ban! You should do likewise!

m r c

I have been following this article sense it came out on ammoland and have seen this question asked before don’t they need 61 votes to get it threw? I asked that same question also but never saw an reply is there anybody out there know? ps I called the white house mitch but could not get threw to the n r a they were all very busy

Robert Messmer

My understanding is it takes 60 votes to close off filibusters but only 51 votes to actually pass a bill in the the Senate. The ‘nuclear option’ used by Harry Reid eliminated the 60 votes rule concerning Presidential nominees.

Barry Hirsh

“[W]hy has this bill languished in the Senate Judiciary Committee for almost one year?”

Best guess: Jeff Flake won’t vote to pass it out of committee.


Anybody mailing anything to DC does know that there is a screening process in place that takes a letter 2-3 weeks to arrive at the intended receiver’s office, right? That is before it goes through whatever filter/staffer inside the office.Nothing gets through faster than that due to the crazies sending powder and other stuff through the mail to their reps.

If you have to mail something, you’re better off mailing it to a state or local office. Not sure how you get something sooner to the Pres or VP.

Ronald Nuxon

To snuffy TN and some others: Enough of this self-centered infighting. Let’s stand together and get this passed in the Senate, for ours and posterity’s sake. I live in a state where I cannot benefit because here it’s May Issue. But I realize there are millions of law abiding in the US who can benefit.

Bert Clayton

The media is so biased! What type person commits murder with a firearm? Are they European american, African american, mexican, Asian or what? Where facts is what American People need to understand things. Again, there’s people stabbed to death, blundgeoned to death, etc. Just like fetanyl. Is it drug overdose or actually successful drug? Many people have been wanting legalized euthanasia. Are some using fetanyl for euthanasia or is it actual drug abuse? Because of political bias, I don’t think we’ll ever hear the truth as too many have motives for what they say and how they say it. To… Read more »

The other Jim

Mitch McConnell’s website and e-mail are blocked and/or not accessible. Sent e-mail to Rand Paul and asked him to forward the message to McConnell ASAP.

Nathan Hale

Turtle McConnel said the “ timing”wasn’t right to bring it to a floor vote ; by what thought process does he think that the timing would be better at a later date?
If it fails on the floor now , so what? It’s gonna die an unatural death on Jan 2 anyhow, if the Senate doesn’t act on it ! At least we could see which Senators voted against the bill, unless they take the chicken way out with a voice vote !

Preston Tim Epperson

When you take a oath to uphold the Constitution when you take office and you don’t then you should loose your job as senator or congressman, and forfeit all.I can’t believe that more senators and representatives have not been terminated for this. They all take the oath when elected . If the elected officials we put in office are not up holding the Constitution but trying to change it to suit party wants and needs then get them out of office for not upholding the very thing they were intrusted to do.

Clark Kent

‘Intrusted’? What does that mean?


In AZ we have Flake (a hopeless cause lame duck) and now Sinema (a radical leftist), McCain who is taking a dirt nap and another lame duck filling in for him. They are all a waste of postage.

Uncle T

As always, I’ll contact my senators again but sadly my state has two oathbreakers in the Senate, Kaine and Warner.

Will Flatt

I am unsure that this would pass in the Senate. Don’t they need 60 votes to get this through? Because if it must, then they don’t have the votes. I wonder how a bill can be designated to get by with a simple majority like so many other bills have. If it only takes 50-51, then yeah Grassley needs to get to work!!

Andre Bailey

You have me intrigued. What are these laws and states you speak of? I’d like to do some research.


I just sent the Trumpster a postcard asking him to tell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to get the lead out of his feet and get 115 H.R. 38 passed and sent to him for signing. I also asked him to bone up on the Supremacy Clause because we really don’t need the governments permission to keep and bear arms. If we could get gun owners to grow some gonads, and assemble while armed outside our respective gun grabbing State Houses, those TRAITORS might get reminded that we mean business and we won’t be pushed around anymore with all of… Read more »


And late last night on the 30th, while searching for a phone number where I could leave a voice mail, I found one of his addresses that had one of those email type CONTACT buttons. So I typed in a message to him regarding that Reciprocity bill. One phone number I called had a voice message that said they had very high number of people calling, so there would be a delay. Apparently, he has about 4 offices spread around Kentucky, so my advice would be to keep trying at the phone numbers provided, and leave a typed contact message… Read more »


Sent to both of our NC senators. If they truly represent the people, I should get a computer generated email thanking me for my interest! Whatcha think?!?!?


Tennessee has good firearms and carry laws, We and seven other states also have laws to stop federal agents trying to enforce federal firearm laws that go above and beyond our state laws, up to detaining and prosecuting the said Feds. Let the citizen voters determine who makes the laws in each state. I don’t want the Feds messing with my guns.

Andre Bailey

You have me intrigued. What are these laws and states you speak of? @snuffyTN I’d like to do some research.

Wild Bill

TN, Unfortunately, in a contest between a state and the United States, the fix is in.