Local Lawmakers Oppose Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, Columbia County, said the bill adds uniformity to the patchwork system of concealed-carry laws in the nation.

Democrats also criticized Republicans for including a bill on background checks in the concealed-carry legislation. "We are disappointed in the House for passing this reckless legislation and we urge the Senate to respect state laws, to protect the safety of our communities, and to reject this bill".

Do you agree with that last statement? We wouldn't recommend holding your breathe in hopes of a quick ruling, however. "I encourage the Senate to act quickly to protect the rights of Montanans to carry concealed firearms", Gianforte said.

The measure would let gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons.

In theory, the bill would allow someone who holds a permit from a state with lax restrictions to carry a concealed firearm in a state where they would not otherwise qualify for a permit. "This bill, will allow a law-abiding citizen to carry concealed gun only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm".

H.R. 38 passed the House Wednesday on a vote of 231-198.

Under the broad strokes of the House-passed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, having a concealed-carry permit issued by one state makes it legal to carry in any state.

"I think the structure of what this law will seek to do is unprecedented, and it's also unconstitutional because it violates core principals of federalism", said J. Adam Skaggs, chief counsel for the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Congress should reject Concealed Carry Reciprocity, and pass a clean "Fix NICS Act", which has won wide bipartisan support, will improve reporting of unsafe people to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and will improve safety of communities across the country. Named for Michael Boeglin, a 31 year old owner-operator who was shot to death while waiting to pick up a load in Detroit in 2014, Mike's Law called for nationwide hide and carry reciprocity for truck drivers on the job.

"If more guns made people safer, we'd be the safest country on earth", said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.

Kansas doesn't require a permit to carry concealed, so other states' permit standards wouldn't apply to Kansans traveling there. Right now a person has to find out what the law says in each state that they are traveling in so they don't get arrested.

  • Rogelio Becker