USCCA Addresses Need For National Reciprocity For Concealed Carry Permits

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USCCA Addresses Need For National Reciprocity For Concealed Carry Permits

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- The Washington Examiner published an op-ed by Tim Schmidt, president and founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), which provides self-defense education and training to more than 550,000 responsible American gun owners. In the last year alone, over 2,000 new USCCA instructors have also joined the ranks of 7,000 certified USCCA instructors across the country, coinciding with record U.S. gun sales in 2020.

In his op-ed, Schmidt highlights the need for passage of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, introduced last month by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) to protect the right to self-protection for millions of law-abiding Americans, including Members of Congress, when they are traveling across state lines.

Key Excerpts:

  • “After a mob of rioters breached the doors of the U.S. Capitol, South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace likely spoke for many members of Congress in describing the feeling of defenselessness… Just days before this attack on the Capitol, another newly elected congresswoman, Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado, was warned by the D.C. police against trying to protect herself while working in Washington by carrying a concealed weapon.”
  • “What all of this brings to light is a lesson that should have been learned after the 2017 shooting of House Republican Minority Whip Steve Scalise. It’s a reminder that our massive patchwork of state and local concealed carry laws puts not only elected officials but all people at risk… Virginia, where the shooting happened, has reciprocity for some states’ concealed carry permits, but if members had brought their guns back and forth from D.C., they would have broken the law. As a result, none were able to protect themselves, and it was only because Scalise is a member of House leadership that Capitol Police officers were present to save lives.”
  • “Bottom line: It should never be a crime to be responsibly prepared to defend yourself in any possible situation. Richard Hudson, a Republican from North Carolina, recently introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow legal gun owners and concealed carry permit holders nationwide to arm themselves responsibly no matter where they are.”

Below is a link and full text of the Op-Ed:

Members of Congress and the public should be allowed to protect themselves at all times

Washington Examiner, February 11, 2021

By Tim Schmidt, president and founder of U.S. Concealed Carry Association

After a mob of rioters breached the doors of the U.S. Capitol, South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace likely spoke for many members of Congress in describing the feeling of defenselessness. In an interview with a local media outlet, the Republican congresswoman said, “I felt personally like a sitting duck … We didn’t have a way to protect ourselves; we didn’t have security on us; we didn’t have firearms protecting us.” Mace added that she is currently going through the process to obtain her concealed weapons permit.

Mace is not alone. Just days before this attack on the Capitol, another newly elected congresswoman, Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado, was warned by the D.C. police against trying to protect herself while working in Washington by carrying a concealed weapon. In other words, if you’re walking to your home or car on a darkened street outside of your home state or facing threats from political extremists on either side, the message is, “Good luck. You’re on your own.”

What all of this brings to light is a lesson that should have been learned after the 2017 shooting of House Republican Minority Whip Steve Scalise. It’s a reminder that our massive patchwork of state and local concealed carry laws puts not only elected officials but all people at risk.

It is time for there to be national reciprocity for concealed carry permits, similar to what we already do for state driver’s licenses. Consider, for example, that if it had not been for the presence and heroism of two Capitol Police officers at that Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field on June 14, 2017, there could have been more injuries and even deaths among the members of Congress present that morning.

Virginia, where the shooting happened, has reciprocity for some states’ concealed carry permits, but if members had brought their guns back and forth from D.C., they would have broken the law. As a result, none were able to protect themselves, and it was only because Scalise is a member of House leadership that Capitol Police officers were present to save lives.

Bottom line: It should never be a crime to be responsibly prepared to defend yourself in any possible situation. Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican from North Carolina, recently introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow legal gun owners and concealed carry permit holders nationwide to arm themselves responsibly no matter where they are.

This legislation is particularly critical when you consider that last year alone, nearly 5 million new gun owners joined the 100 million-plus gun owners already in the U.S. Demand for firearm safety and training courses has surged as well. At the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, we now have more than 540,000 members and saw more than a 100% increase last year for education and training.

Also consider that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are forgoing air travel and often traveling long distances by car with their families. In doing so, they are oftentimes left defenseless, as are their families, because of the legal threat of crossing state lines into a jurisdiction where their permit may not be recognized.

Responsible gun owners are people who have already proven they are willing to comply with the law by fulfilling all of the requirements associated with obtaining a firearm and a concealed carry permit. Further, no one deserves to be violently targeted simply for going to work, no matter which side of the political spectrum a lawmaker falls on. Whether it’s a family visiting relatives across state lines, a business owner traveling for work, or a single mother who lives in a community bordering a neighboring state, all should have the right to protect themselves and their families at all times.

A long-overdue reform to concealed carry laws will give already law-abiding citizens, including members of Congress, the ability to protect themselves from those who would seek to do them harm. It’s time to pass national concealed carry reciprocity.


About the USCCA

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Bubba
Bubba
10 days ago

Off topic but I’m wondering…

Where the F are the 120 million gun owners when it comes time to vote.
That beats the fake fraudulent 80 million by a lot.
Old question, but if we can fix that…. Game over.

PMinFl
PMinFl
11 days ago

Washington D.C. is looking to re capture its title of murder capitol but is having a hard time against Chicago, Baltimore, New Orleans , New York City is an up and comer, Los Angles, St Louis, Trenton, Houston, Detroit.. the list of big cities with CRIME problems goes on and on as politicians look for endless anti gun legislation to solve social issues in their hoods.

RoyD
RoyD
11 days ago
Reply to  PMinFl

If only there was a singular commonality in all those cities that one could put their finger on.

Bubba
Bubba
10 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

Hmmmm…..

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
10 days ago
Reply to  PMinFl

Dig deeper. The overall violent crime rate in Chicago doesn’t look all that bad. The rate is diluted by all the Chicago residents who don’t commit crimes. If you take the violent crimes in the handful of the most violent neighborhoods, and divide by the population of just those neighborhoods, the rate of murders and non-negligent homicides is horrific.

It’s not 15% higher than other areas of the U.S. (that have higher rates of firearm ownership). It’s not 150% higher. It’s not 1,500% higher.

It’s 15,000% higher.

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Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
12 days ago

H.R. 38 declares you leaving your state with your handgun an act of interstate commerce, invoking the Commerce Clause. Stop looking at the shiny object dangled in front of you and start realizing what is really going on here! It is a further expansion of the Commerce Clause to firearms, the core of all federal gun control laws. You want national reciprocity of carry permits? All it takes is to sue the states for not allowing non-residents to carry their firearms! Gee, if we only had a pro-gun President that could have ordered the DOJ to sue the states for… Read more »

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
12 days ago

Damn right and we really shouldn’t need that either because we have the second amendment but first we have a God or entity given right or instinctive right to protect ourselves with what ever is available and no one should be allowed to tell me what I can and cannot use.. The experiment should be over. We need to end all of these towns that want you to turn your guns into the sheriff when you walk in. Only honest people will turn them in and the outlaws will carry concealed anyway. Our cities today show that we have not… Read more »

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
12 days ago

It would take a concerted effort of all the gun owners, manufacturers, distributors, parts, ammo, accessory companies, etc., to combine our grievances in a class action against the United States and the several states to do away with ALL permits, passes, permission slips, etc., and return to the true 2nd Amendment for United States citizens.

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musicman44mag
musicman44mag
12 days ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

I wish at times I was a lawyer and I read your ideas and wish you were too. I wonder if that could actually be done and if it could, why hasn’t anyone done it yet. Good morning.

Doug G.
Doug G.
12 days ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

No one wants to take on the government. “You can’t fight city hall” is an appropriate phrase when dealing with an entity that has a bottomless bank account to always get their way.
I wish we could take them on and win but we can’t get enough people to vote in a presidential election much less organize multiple states to fight this government overreach/infringement. The real trouble started when SCOTUS ruled that “reasonable regulations” could be adopted for absolute natural rights.

Oldvet
Oldvet
12 days ago

The first thing they did was called someone with a gun , which they had on retainer so yes they got there in time . Which is more than they want to allow you to have !

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
12 days ago

Oh, It’s WAY PAST “time to pass national concealed carry reciprocity.”

Oldvet
Oldvet
12 days ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

Joe … That would be another amendment to keep attaching to “must pass ” legislation .

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
12 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

Agreed. The legislation is not actually needed to verify citizens’ natural rights… it is (definitely) needed to force Leftist government critters to keep their damned hands off!!!

Happy Everafter
Happy Everafter
12 days ago

I applaud Schmidt’s efforts, but I’m skeptical as to his motive – his business is training gun owners. Getting fed gov permission for everyone to carry seems even more heinous than the already ridiculously restrictive state-to-state permission, what with likely for things like a national registration, and of course, a training requirement (how beneficial to Mr. Schmidt, et. al.). Just how big do you think this new federal agency would get to accomplish this?? And guess how we’d fund it? Same way we fund all of the fed gov, taxes! And you think there won’t We just keep on growing… Read more »

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
12 days ago

It’s not just your opinion, Happy. Gun control’s illegality is FACT, and that knowledge is shared by every other sane citizen!

Oldvet
Oldvet
12 days ago

Happy …There already is federal ID . They call it a social security card . If you have a CDL there is another , Medicare is another , if you are a vet another and if you ever held a security clearance another . Not to mention any 4473 you ever filled out . A few years back they tried to get everyone to use SS# for a DL # That record is still laying in some info bank somewhere .

Matt in Oklahoma
Matt in Oklahoma
12 days ago

Y’all are smoking crack if you think the dem control is gonna let this pass.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
12 days ago

Sadly, you are spot-on accurate, Matt. The DemocRats individually, and their Party collectively, ARE the exact “domestic enemies of the US” that all (current and ex-) military and law enforcement members swore an oath – on our individual honor and integrity – to protect this country against.

Oldvet
Oldvet
12 days ago

Will…Never happen ! Truth beknown all of the ballots they counted were never mailed out . One early report (quickly buried) stated they had never been folded , meaning never in an envelope !!!

Stag
Stag
12 days ago

Permits are infringement.

dave399
dave399
12 days ago
Reply to  Stag

I agree, but we are between a rock and a hard place – no permit, no carry. The biggest problem I see is the educational system. It is brainwashing our youth with this socialists crap and they are voting for it. They then pass unconstitutional laws, the liberal courts affirm them and you then follow them or suffer the consequences ie Roe v Wade.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
12 days ago
Reply to  dave399

More than 90% of the people who voted for FDR were born between 1850 and 1923. While FDR wasn’t the first to push socialism in America, he certainly was the most successful.

It’s not an age thing – we have always had people who wanted gun control and massive, forced redistribution of wealth.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
12 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Will – 2/13/21
,just curious, how did you arrive at those specific dates?”

Response to Will:
FDR won his first Presidential election in 1932. At that time, not many people older than 82-years old were voting. That sets the lower end at 1850.

FDR won his final Presidential election in 1944. At that time, voting age for the presidential election was 21. That sets the upper end at 1923.

dave399
dave399
12 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

True, but I think it is getting way worse. There are way too many citizens wanting free stuff and they are ignorant of the consequences of getting this free stuff. If the far left remains in control we are in for dark times.

Oldvet
Oldvet
12 days ago
Reply to  dave399

dave399 They are being taught entitled and reparation from birth and in the school system all of the illegals come into this country expecting it to .

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
12 days ago
Reply to  dave399

I agree – things are getting crazier.

Even now though, the entitlement mentality is not limited to the young. We have people posting on this site who are fiercely defensive of their own pensions, but want the government to forcibly reduce other people’s earnings (e.g., people in ammo production and ammo sales) so they can maintain more of their wealth.

Some of the people who are the most influential in driving even more gun control laws are over 65-years old.

Oldvet
Oldvet
12 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

JSNMGC…If you don’t believe it just listen to the medicare commercial running on TV by joe naymouth ! Every other word is entitled .

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JSNMGC
JSNMGC
12 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

Who would have ever thought Broadway Joe would end up doing those commercials?

Oldvet
Oldvet
12 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

JSNMGC…And that dick head who used to PLAY magnum pi pushing reverse mortgages . “Not a wayto take your house” just how do you pay the loan back when you leave your home ? Giving up your house how else ?

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
12 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

Yes, no transfer of wealth to your children unless they can buy it out. The way to beat it is to have a life insurance policy that will pay enough to pay off the house. Then the kids can just keep the money or pay off the house and sell it or live in it if they want. I don’t like the idea either and our folks should not have to resort to this to survive but some do it because they want to have vacations and don’t care about the kids because they think they should be able to… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
12 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

danlge enough Benjamins in front of anyone and, if not a man of integrity, he will say whutevah massa want.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
12 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

I haven’t seen this commercial. I have seen the new one about the demonrats wanting to take your guns with joe and kamalatoe.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
12 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Really? Wow, I thought it was the younger generation that was so down on guns like the david pig group but I do realize there are more. Our legislators that are anti gun are all old.

Tionico
Tionico
12 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

HoggBoyy is only prattling about the “DAYNjurs of them guns because corrupt people are pouring money into his pockets. Once the gravy tran wrecks, how many think he’ll keep stumping to take your and my guns?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
12 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Some of the most influential people in driving even more gun control:
Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, James Clyburn, Robin Kelly (almost 65), Mike Thompson, Peter King (just left), Carolyn Maloney, Richard Blumenthal

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
11 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Musicmand44mag,
A few more: Susan Collins, Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, Hank Johnson, Bill Pascrell, Grace Napolitano, Alcee Hastings, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chuck Grassley, Pat Roberts, Patrick Leahy, Bernie Sanders, Bill Nelson, Ben Cardin, and Dick Durbin.

There are more.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
11 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Musicman44mag,
A few more: Ed Markey, Tom Carper, Jeanne Shaheen, Joe Manchin, Mazie Hirono, Tom Udall, Ron Wyden, Elizabeth Warren, Debbie Stabenow, and Patty Murray.

There are many more.

Why do people born in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s hate guns and freedom? Were the teachers back then commies?

Oldman
Oldman
11 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

I will take umbrage to this post. I was born in the forties…..I don’t think any one should be pigeon holed because of their birthdate. Sounds almost racist..

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
11 days ago
Reply to  Oldman

Exactly my point! Here was the comment from Dave399 that started this: “The biggest problem I see is the educational system. It is brainwashing our youth with this socialists crap and they are voting for it. They then pass unconstitutional laws,” There have been many posts to the effect that it’s the young whipper-snappers causing the problems and back in the good old days there weren’t any problems. The fact is, there have always been a lot of people that wanted gun control and forced redistribution of wealth. Most of the people over 65 in the House and the Senate… Read more »

Stag
Stag
11 days ago
Reply to  Oldman

Age is a race now?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
11 days ago
Reply to  Stag

I’ve had this same discussion from the other side of things. Some of the people in their 20s I shoot with had a caricature image of elderly shooters as: Wearing an NRA lifetime member hat; Shooting a bolt action rifle (.30-06, blued steel and walnut stock) from the bench; Giving the evil eye to people shooting ARs and sighing in an annoyed manner when they shoot fast; and Claiming they are pro 2nd Amendment, BUT nobody needs an AR15 (there should be a law) and they really don’t like semiautomatic pistols (other than 1911s). After a long conversation, they usually… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
11 days ago
Reply to  Stag

Reply put on hold

Oldman
Oldman
11 days ago
Reply to  Stag

It seems to depend on which century you were born in, I guess.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
12 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

reply on hold

RoyD
RoyD
12 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

“Some of the people who are the most influential in driving even more gun control laws are over 65-years old.”

I can guarantee that is not the case at my house.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
12 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

I don’t have any US Senators, US Representatives, or US Presidents living at my house. 🙂

Everyone in my family is pro-2nd Amendment.

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
12 days ago
Reply to  dave399

“When the proper court determines that a legislative act (a law) conflicts with the constitution, it finds that law unconstitutional and declares it void in whole or in part. This is called judicial review. … Thus, national constitutions typically apply only to government actions.”

In other words, exercise your rights without permits, but when you get caught and charged with an unconstitutional “crime”, FIGHT IT instead of wimping out!

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
12 days ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

That can and would be very expensive. I am part of the buy in crowd. It is the law, I will obey so long as they give me the opportunity to protect myself. When they make it illegal like in kommiefornia then I will become an outlaw because I have been forced to.

I can do this now because I am retired and get my pension and social security and if I have a record I no longer need to worry about employment so I have the luxury of being a felon because law changes made me that way.

Oldvet
Oldvet
12 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

mm44…All they have to do is freeze your bank account . Then how long can you hold out ?

Oldvet
Oldvet
12 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

There is another form of federal ID by the way !

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musicman44mag
musicman44mag
12 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

I know and they force you into it. I am thinking there will be a day, soon, when we no longer see our use paper money and we will use computer generated digits that represent wealth. How easy it would be to just go to your account and make you worthless overnight with a few strokes on the keys. Dangerous. And then the owner of Tesla buys 1.5 billion in bitcoin right after Pelosi buys 1.5 million in stock for electric vehicles and then the next day biden says all gubment vehicles will be electric.. Not good. I think recession… Read more »

Oldvet
Oldvet
12 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Rumor has it piglucy has plans to do away with the dollar ! Wanna bet it will be the yen she replaces it with . I believe she , shumer and who they plan to put into dictator plan for life time in place . Dark horse bet obutthole !!! Remember I called hairass early on .

PMinFl
PMinFl
11 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

BINGO !!

Oldvet
Oldvet
9 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Lets see on startrek they called them credits ….

Knute
Knute
9 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

And that is an excellent idea! Credit hours that represent one hour of labor. Remember EVERYTHING only costs because of human labor. Even gold is only the price it is because its rarity means many thousands of hours go into the finding of it. This requires that the one who does find it be compensated for ALL of the labor it took… not just the labor of that one lucky prospector. It’s the idea of the huge jackpot that they might win that keeps all the other unlucky ones looking. But whatever currency system goes into place, if it isn’t… Read more »

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
12 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

As long as there is game I can make it for awhile. I might not eat that good but I will not starve. I might be hungry all the time unless I do break down and eat bugs etc. I hear rats and bats are pretty good too.

Oldvet
Oldvet
12 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

How long will the game last if everyone around you does the same ? We would be better off to raise our own beef goats and chickens !

Oldvet
Oldvet
12 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

Everything is direct deposit , right ?

Tionico
Tionico
12 days ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

But that pesky Second Article clearly states, with NO wriggle room, “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”. It gives no indication there is any intent to restrict who might infringe. In other words, ANY infringement by ANY entity violates the clear intent of that Article. The right is inviolate by any entity.

Compare to the First Article, which begins with CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW………..

PMinFl
PMinFl
11 days ago
Reply to  Tionico

If government pays no attention to the constitution , then they don’t violate it, that’s how it works.

RoyD
RoyD
11 days ago
Reply to  dave399

“I agree, but we are between a rock and a hard place – no permit, no carry.”

You say that and yet I carried without “permission” from the State of Oklahoma for twenty years before they passed and I got my concealed carry permit. Life is all about choices.

Knute
Knute
11 days ago
Reply to  dave399

Quote:
“But when we are in power we shall remove every kind of disturbing subject from the course of education and shall make out of the youth obedient children of authority, loving him who rules as the support and hope of peace and quiet.”
End Quote.
-The Protocols of the Elder Men of Zion, Protocol 16, Paragraph 3.

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
13 days ago

Paying fees and asking permission from a master is for SHEEP!

The People are sovereign, the highest authority in this FREE country and we don’t be ordered from fake actors of the now closed UNITED STATES Corporation aka a foreign country.

Long Live the Republic!