Day 1: Congress Introduces National Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Recently, The Shooter’s Log posted an article from the newly reformed Second Amendment Caucasus in Congress. We asked for your input as to what you think it should focus on, and the legislation you would like to see passed. Overwhelmingly, readers commented on the need for legislation creating a national reciprocity. Fortunately, we can report that our readers are not the only ones with this topping their agenda.

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On the first day of the 115th Congress, Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced national concealed carry reciprocity legislation. This is a far cry from an actual law, but the fact that it is making its debut so early in the legislative year is promising to millions of self-defense enthusiasts. Best of all, the proposed legislation covers Constitutional carry.

Rep. Hudson’s office published this summary of the legislation: “Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense solution to a problem too many Americans face. It will provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits. As a member of President-elect Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition, I look forward to working with my colleagues and the administration to get this legislation across the finish line.” Rep. Hudson’s bill, which is supported by major pro-Second Amendment groups, would allow people with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit to conceal a handgun in any other state that allows concealed carry, as long as the permit holder follows the laws of that state. It also allows residents of Constitutional carry states the ability to carry in other states that recognize their own resident’s right to concealed carry.

The Legal Language

Notwithstanding any provision of the law of any State or political subdivision thereof (except as provided in subsection (b)) and subject only to the requirements of this section, a person who is not prohibited by Federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm, who is carrying a valid identification document containing a photograph of the person, and who is carrying a valid license or permit which is issued pursuant to the law of a State and which permits the person to carry a concealed firearm or is entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides, may possess or carry a concealed handgun (other than a machinegun or destructive device) that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, in any State that— ‘‘(1) has a statute under which residents of the State may apply for a license or permit to carry a concealed firearm; or ‘‘(2) does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms by residents of the State for lawful purposes


Your driver’s license works in every state, so why doesn’t your concealed carry permit? Just like your privilege to drive, your Second Amendment right does not disappear when you cross state lines. However, conflicting state codes have created a confusing patchwork of reciprocity agreements for concealed carry permit holders.

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With a National Reciprocity law, men and women across the nation would be able to exercise their Second Amendment right to self-defense whether at home or abroad.
Without nationwide reciprocity, a North Carolina resident cannot travel to Delaware without having to reroute their trip to avoid driving through Maryland. In addition, a Pennsylvania resident who is a concealed carry permit holder consistently worries about making a wrong turn, ending up in New York, and breaking the law.

Even the most careful and knowledgeable concealed carry permit holders find it difficult to navigate the current maze of state and local concealed carry laws.

Many Americans utilize concealed carry as their Constitutional right to self-defense, and we must guarantee that right is not infringed upon.


To ensure that our Second Amendment right does not disappear when we cross state lines, Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 with strong support by major pro Second Amendment groups. This legislation will:

  • Ensure that valid concealed carry permits issued in one state are valid for carrying concealed handguns in other states that recognize their own resident’s right to concealed carry;
  • Allow those from constitutional carry states the ability to carry in other states that recognize their own resident’s right to concealed carry;
  • Put the burden of proof clearly on the state to show that an individual carrying concealed did not comply with the law, thus protecting law-abiding gun owners from onerous civil suits;
  • Provide legal protections against states that violate the intent of this bill, making attorney’s fees and damages available to victorious plaintiffs in civil suits, as well as to defendants who prevail in criminal cases; and
  • Allow individuals who are carrying concealed to do so in the National Park System, National Wildlife Refuge System, and on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation.

Each state retains the authority to determine regulations for carrying within their borders, as well as for the carry permits or licenses that are issued under their law.

This legislation prioritizes the rights of law-abiding citizens to concealed carry and the ability to travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes.

Will Representative Hudson’s new proposed legislation become law this year under the new Congress and President? What changes would you like to see to the bill? Share your answers in the comment section.


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Comments (160)

  1. I am a gun enthusiast, I once owned a nice variety of firearms, but was forced to give them to my kids (which would’ve happened anyways when i passed on) because of a mistake i made possessing a controlled substance (a pain pill) and becoming a felon. i have since paid my dues and am free of the burdens that accompany such a situation. I would like to know if anything will be or can be done to get my right to own a gun again. I raised my kids teaching them firearm respect and safety and spent many of quality hours with them on hunting excursions and would really like to continue to do so one day. Mr. Trump seems to have a good set of ideals for this country. It would be nice to see him address this issue, for there are thousands of people like me being denied the ability to enjoy and utilize firearms because of a nonviolent past mistake, dues paid, but forever labeled and denied the equal rights as other citizens

    1. Sorry but Trump’s ideals involve grabbing pussies, hugging Putin, and denying intelligence from multiple U.S. agencies.
      It would take a change of federal law for you to get your rights back. Unfortunately that’s not likely to happen anytime soon. The 2nd amendment is huge when campaigning, not so much when actually governing.

    2. Sorry, but Kevin here is a moron, to say the least!
      Want to talk about “ideals?”
      Then let’s talk about what Obama and the State of California has done to the 2nd Amendment over the last 8 years.
      Kevin’s hatred of the right conservative is noted. Now go put down your comic book, It’s time for bed!

    3. @ D C Adams II,

      Please pay no attention to Kevin’s ignorance and buffoonery. For him to carelessly abuse your very sincere question for help – as a platform to launch his mentally unstable political views is sub-human. Despite Keven’s obvious lack of intelligence and compassion, I instead offer you some possibilities as follows:

      If you have not tried already, you may apply to have your Civil Rights restored. The process varies depending whether you were charged at a State level versus Federal level, but both systems have a process to allow you to apply.

      Start by determining which government jurisdiction and level actually charged you with a crime and then contact that particular Department of Justice accordingly. It is such a common process that most agencies or States have a standard form for you to fill out to apply for restoration.

      The process can be time consuming and you may have a long road ahead proving you’ve actually been reformed with an established track record since the crime. You must show things like a true commitment to community and family ties, a steady employment record, and definitely no other violations since release will help.

      Based on where you must apply, you should educate yourself on their specific process and requirements. For example, if it was a Federal offense you may start with the U.S. Attorney General’s office which ultimately refers your application to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) for final review.

      Be warned – unfortunately the Federal system is known for sitting on applications as they are not considered a priority within the budget and even some States have agreements to use ATF for final approval.

      If you can afford one (or find free volunteer services), you may want to use an attorney which can sometimes help stay on top of the process and push these agencies to get your application through. And finally there is also the possibility to have an attorney petition on your behalf for a presidential pardon. I hope this has been of some help to you.

    4. The above sounds lovely but 18 U.S. Code § 925 only affords relief by the Attorney General of the United States. The ATF can advise but they do not make decisions related to gun rights restoration imposed by federal firearm prohibitions.
      Enjoy Friday’s grab a pussy for free day!

    5. @ Kevin,

      I’ve never understood what drives a person like you to make such a fool of yourself pretending you know something. But especially that you attempt it when going up against a federal law enforcement agent that has lived and breathed this every day for 34 years.

      Your Google search skills failed you miserably in your pathetic attempt to sound like a know-it-all. While Google offers much, it can never replace the real-world experiences gained by career-long subject matter experts such as myself.

      Though it is obvious to everyone that your real goal is to antagonistically show us what a sore loser you can be over Trump’s election win, you still need to be publicly corrected whenever you choose to spread your fake news. And therefore I will be the one to do this for you:

      The ONLY place to apply for firearms disabilities relief after a federal conviction is through the ATF and nowhere else.

      The ATF is a law enforcement agency arm of and within the U.S. Department of Justice, which is headed by the U.S. Attorney General. It is vested as the ONLY authority authorized to restore gun rights removed by a federal conviction. By extension the ATF are acting with the full faith and authority of the U.S. Attorney General when deciding who will get their rights restored.

      Though the ATF authority and program still exists, Congress withdrew specific funding for this ATF activity in 1992. This lack of funding effectively prevents the ATF from processing any more ATF Form 3210.1’s (Application for Registration of Firearm Privileges) since that time. However, they are still required to administratively maintain the program and update the forms in the event funding becomes available again.

      You would be a chump to respond with anything other than to say you’re sorry for being such a jerk. Otherwise please do us all a favor and go sulk in your misery somewhere else.

    6. @ Kevin,

      He most definitely could have his gun rights restored. Though you’ve shown you are not working with much upstairs, this is really not that hard to follow. So pay better attention.

      Geez – your ignorance has got to be the same reason you and your fellow liberals never saw your new Daddy Trump coming to spank you all and put you in a time-out for the next 8 years. Try your best to follow me here…

      Depending on where D C Adams II was charged (State or Federal), each has its own separate process for him to apply. If the State is responsible for restoring his rights, the BATFE has no say in the matter at all. And based on D C Adams II’s otherwise good background, the non-violent aspect of the crime, and that it was a mere drug charge – he stands a very good chance of restoration at the State level.

      It is even easier at the Federal level. But as I’ve previously mentioned – it is only the congressional budget constraint which is all that stands in his way. However, your Daddy Trump will be fixing that pretty soon. So assuming it was a federal issue for him, I recommend he get his application in now before the flood of applicants starts putting in theirs.

      And one more thing – whether Federal or State, many start the application process only to find their specific type of charge never lost them their rights to begin with.

      So please, if you feel the spasmodic need to post again, do us all a favor and ask a conservative friend (assuming you have any) to help you compose your post intelligently.


  3. The Constitution already REQUIRES the states to give “full faith and credit” to the acts of the other states. If our congresscritters ever read the Constitution they might know that. How can they swear the same oath as our military to “protect, preserve and defend without reading the durn thing. Main problem is that most of them are lawyers trained to weasel around the law rather than abide by it. The founders wrote what they meant and meant what they wrote. The whole ‘Constitutional Scholar” thing is just a bunch of academics self inflating their minimal worth and selling their lie to the public. I’m a “Constitutional Scholar” myself; I’ve read it. Several times. In plain English the way the founders wrote and meant it.

    1. Uh, please quote us the “full faith and credit to the states by other states” part of the Constitution.

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