Rep Hudson Reintroduces Bi-Partisan Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

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The NRA-ILA applauds Rep. Hudson for his efforts to push national concealed carry reciprocity. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( The year 2020 saw Americans across political and demographic lines embrace their Second Amendment rights in unprecedented numbers. Last week, Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) reintroduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would give a more meaningful effect to those rights by ensuring they stay intact as travelers crossed state lines.

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia routinely issue concealed carry permits to all qualified applicants. The norm among these states is to have reciprocity agreements to give effect to those permits beyond the issuing state. States are also increasingly passing universal recognition laws for all concealed carry permits. And 16 states recognize a right to carry concealed without a permit. (Detailed information is available on the NRA-ILA’s website.)

Yet a handful of anti-gun states where concealed carry permits are issued on a discretionary basis continue to deny non-resident concealed carriers any recognition at all. This creates traps for unwary travelers, who – having made a point of jumping through the legal hoops to carry lawfully – believe these efforts will be given full faith and credit by other jurisdictions. Stories abound of travelers facing years in prison for the carrying of a concealed firearm that they innocently believed was covered by their permit or that was otherwise lawful in their state of residence.

H.R. 38 would correct these injustices. It would recognize the right of travelers to carry who:

    • May lawfully possess and receive a firearm under federal law.
    • Are carrying photographic identification issued by the U.S. or a state government.
    • Have a concealed carry permit or reside in a state that otherwise provides for lawful concealed carry.

to carry in other states that provide a means of lawful concealed carry for the state’s own residents.

These travelers would be able to carry in other states that provide for lawful concealed carry for that’s state’s own residents and will have to obey any laws that establish prohibited places for firearms or concealed carry. Private property owners, moreover, would maintain discretion over whether or to what degree concealed carry was authorized on their property.

National reciprocity has long been the NRA’s highest legislative priority to ensure that the fundamental right to self-defense does not end at the state line. The NRA thanks Rep. Hudson for his strong and consistent leadership in the march toward national reciprocity and commends H.R. 38 for immediate action in the U.S. House.

About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

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GunnyChuck (@gunnychuck)
10 months ago

National Reciprocity should have been placed in one of the Bills Trump was guaranteed to sign. We’ll never see it with the Party of Slavery in charge.

Happy Everafter
Happy Everafter (@mart3)
10 months ago

I’m afraid nobody is thinking past their noses about this. As far as I understand, we already HAVE national reciprocity. What we’ve devolved to is a patchwork of discriminatory and unconstitutional state and federal laws regarding the permission or lack of permission granted to possess arms. Sorry, I am NOT in favor of national reciprocity. That would undoubtedly include registration/database reciprocity. I cannot imagine a worse scenario than the FEDERAL GOV’T having a list of my guns to share with anyone. Imagine the federal requirements already in place for currently owning and purchasing or selling one of my guns! Imagine… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by Happy Everafter
Cruiser (@cop1771)
10 months ago

Do not donate any money to the RNC until the RHINOS are removed and replaced with real 2A candidates. For years the they have been asking for more and more money to “Fight” for us in government. As far as I know voting is free, why do they need money?

WI Patriot
WI Patriot (@wi-patriot)
10 months ago
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John Dow
John Dow (@john-dow)
10 months ago

I wish they’d stop calling this bi-partisan.

There’s a whopping 3 Ds as cosponsors. That’s not bi-partisan.

American Patriot
American Patriot (@american-patriot)
10 months ago

Any Rino that what’s to bring a bill now knowing full well that it’s going nowhere is just grandstanding. America is sick & tired & the left has proved that being a criminal pays…..Just Say When!

sharky65 (@sharky65)
10 months ago

This bill was introduced by Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) two years ago, made it out of the house but died in the senate. I’m not sure there is any chance of getting this out of the house let alone the senate

cav2108 (@charles-valenzuela)
10 months ago

Really? You think Pelosi is going to allow this bill to even be discussed? This is like the ants at the picnic setting up a schedule of what will served. The ants don’t own or operate a can opener, so any plans they make are meaningless. Where was this bill when the GOP controlled BOTH houses and the White House? Nowhere. Where is it now? Nowhere.

2NDforever (@xcoastieetn)
10 months ago
Reply to  cav2108

great question. neither party will EVER pass this type of legislation until “WE THE PEOPLE” demand the CONSTITUTION be adhered to in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

JNew (@j_new)
10 months ago

This, of course, is a luxury already afforded to law-abiding American citizens through our Constitution — a.k.a. The Supreme Law of The Land. However, our problem lies with those who refuse to recognize it as such. All efforts and focus must be placed on such elected officials. Just because they were elected does not mean they cannot be challenged through any means necessary.

2NDforever (@xcoastieetn)
10 months ago
Reply to  JNew

do you mean the people must fully participate in the govt?

Jsauerii (@jsauerii)
10 months ago

WHY? what good will it do, NO pro 2A anything will go through now, why not back when we had the house, senate and presidency? Because they are ALL traitors. This is more smoke and mirrors. They do it now knowing it cannot possibly pass.

Finnky (@finnks)
10 months ago
Reply to  Jsauerii

it may actually have a better chance under democrat administration. Concealed carry is popular and legal in many blue states. Their residents actually suffer more under current system as those states have less reciprocity. Democrat politicians will be less locked in to knee jerk opposition to republican initiatives. I almost expect them to sell this as “common sense compromise”. See we are not anti 2A – while simultaneously attempting to seize 10-50 million “assault weapons”. I agree reciprocity is common sense, but it is a compromise compared to national constitutional-carry. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Better… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by Finnky
Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
10 months ago
Reply to  Finnky

Even if passed into law, New Jersey would still ignore it. Heck, they don’t even recognize a LEOSA Permit.

Nurph (@nurph)
10 months ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

New Jersey, DC, Illinois. The list will grow exponentially.

2NDforever (@xcoastieetn)
10 months ago
Reply to  Jsauerii

as long as the people continue to elect the same ” representatives” nothing will change. the people must wake up or it will be too late! SOCIALISM.

musicman44mag (@xman)
10 months ago

I think this is a little to late and a dollar short.