154 House Members Sign-On to Bipartisan Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2021

154 House Members Sign-On to Bipartisan Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. -(Ammoland.com)-A bipartisan bill that would grant national reciprocity to concealed permit holders has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act during Congress’s opening day. The bill has a total of 154 co-sponsors, including Democrats that have broken from their party’s anti-gun stance. The bill would allow anyone who holds a concealed handgun permit to cross state lines as long as the gun owner follows that state’s law. Residents of the states with constitutional carry could also carry a handgun across state lines.

National reciprocity would treat concealed carry permits like a driver’s license. Federal law would ban states from discriminating against gun owners. States like New Jersey and New York make it almost impossible for their citizens to get a concealed carry permit. Gun owners have to show “good cause” to obtain a permit. At the same time, these states do not recognize permits issued from other states. People traveling across state lines have to check their rights at the border.

“Our Second Amendment rights do not disappear when we cross state lines, and H.R. 38 guarantees that,” said Rep. Hudson in a press release. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2021 is a common-sense solution to provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits. I am especially proud to have such widespread and bipartisan support for this measure and will work with my colleagues to get this legislation over the finish line.”

This bill isn’t the first time that Rep. Hudson has introduced a national reciprocity act. In 2017, the Congressman and his co-sponsors were able to push the bill through the House of Representatives. The legislation passed by a margin of 231-198, mainly on a party-line vote. The bill died in the Senate. Republicans believed that they did not have the votes to override a Democratic filibuster. Gun rights activists think that the 2017 bill was the best chance of getting national reciprocity through Congress.

Eight Democrats crossed party lines to co-sponsor H.R. 38. Democrats hold a slim majority in the House by a margin of 222 to 211. One seat is open due to the death of Republican Luke Letlow from COVID-19. It isn’t clear if enough Democrats will vote to pass the act, but most believe this bill is the best shot at getting national reciprocity through the House since the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

Both the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America have endorsed the act. The two gun rights organizations encourage their members to call their representatives and implore them to help pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2021.

If the bill does pass the House of Representatives, it will face an uphill battle in the Senate regardless of the outcome of the Georgia run-off election. If Democrats win both run-off elections and take control of the Senate, then the bill will be dead on arrival. If Republicans keep control of the Senate, then the act will have to get a supermajority vote. Biden would also be expected to veto the bill.

Rep. Hudson vows to continue to push for a national repository law for as long as it takes.


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Laddyboy
Laddyboy
9 months ago

Along with NATIONWIDE CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY, Legal Law Abiding American Citizens must also have “QUALIFIED IMMUNITY” — JUST AS POLICE and POLITICIANS have!!!

Cruiser
Cruiser
9 months ago

What don’t these Bureaucrats understand about “Shall no be infringed.”
Our reciprocity is the Second amendment.

Last edited 9 months ago by Cruiser
AJChwick
AJChwick
9 months ago

Will never hit the HOUSE floor for a vote. Especially now, under a Biden/Harris Admin.

Cam
Cam
9 months ago
Reply to  AJChwick

Yep, this is all polishing the turd. The republicans had the house, senate and president and didn’t move this or the removal of silencers from the nfa or do anything for the most part.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
9 months ago
Reply to  AJChwick

@AJC; I minor error in you comment. NOT 0biden/Kamaltoe — The corrected statement is; Kamaltoe/0biden REGIME.

John Dow
John Dow
9 months ago

Bi-partisan – barely. Only three democrats are listed as co-sponsors.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
9 months ago

Just like the last time when Mitch never brought it up for a vote, it absolutely will go nowhere in the Senate now. It will suffer the same fate as the Hearing Protection Act to deregulate suppressors. The Round File.
And if it actually were to pass, you KNOW New Jersey and other Democrat States would ignore it anyway. NJ doesn’t even recognize LEOSA Permits.

Last edited 9 months ago by Ryben Flynn
JSNMGC
JSNMGC
9 months ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

Isn’t it odd that the NRA supports Mitch and gun writers have never interviewed Mitch in-depth and attempted to have him answer specific questions about specific gun control laws and why, specifically, he has refused to hear pro 2nd Amendment bills for a vote. Some people have concluded that Mitch, more than anything, wants to be re-elected and he has concluded he can count on the vast majority of the firearm community to vote for him no matter what (because the Democrat politician is always so much worse) and that by supporting various gun control bills (like Red Flag laws)… Read more »

Matt in Oklahoma
Matt in Oklahoma
9 months ago

It dang sure aint getting passed now

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
9 months ago

We had the house, senate and presidency and they didn’t pass it back then because old Mitchy felt that there were not enough votes for it to pass in the senate.. I say they should have put it on the floor and wasted my money on this bill which could actually be good for America. If they can spend days and hours debating over the covid relief bill so they can give money to other countries to study about being gay or to give money to the smithsonian or give money to the Kennedy building which is closed or the… Read more »