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Congressman Richard Hudson introduced H.R. 38 Monday. Dubbed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, the legislation boasts 154 original cosponsors, a record. But the big question remains. Is it “about time,” yet again, or “too little, too late”?
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Introduced in U.S. House
“Our Second Amendment rights do not disappear when we cross state lines, and H.R. 38 guarantees that,” Hudson said. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act 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.”
The problem, of course, is the timing. The Georgia Senate run-off is in real jeopardy. At press time, CNN already declared Raphael Warnock a winner over Kelly Loeffler. Meanwhile, Jon Ossoff leads David Perdue with time running out. The Senate appears to be lost.
So after four years of being better positioned to ram this legislation through, it now appears before the House in the final hours of the Trump administration. On the surface, the language looks great. The bill would allow state-issued concealed carry licenses or permits to reciprocate in any other state. It would also allow residents from Constitutional Carry states to carry in other states. For those that carry, this bill protects us across the country.
The bill previously passed the House in 2017. But the Senate never took it up. Let’s be clear: In the four years Republicans maintained control of the U.S. Senate, it never took up this bill for gun owners. While we hate to be negative, with the Senate now poised to turn blue, it’s hard to see a path for this bill to ever become law over the next two years.
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