By Sandy . . . A bill is working its way through Congress for states to honor, or to reciprocate with, the concealed carry gun laws of other states. Sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson (R NC), this bill would require states that have gun control laws in place to honor the laws of another state with laxer or even no such laws when gun-toting individuals with permits cross into their territory.
Prompted by the case in 2013 of Shanteen Allen, a Pennsylvania resident with a concealed carry permit who was arrested for carrying a gun in New Jersey, this bill has both heavy-hitting supporters and very passionate detractors.
States’ rights defenders are strong in opposition. Rep. Hudson likens the bill to the reciprocity of states in recognizing the validity of out-of-state driver’s licenses. His comparison ignores the fact that the states agreed among themselves to accept each other’s driving licenses. If Hudson and the concealed carry reciprocity supporters prevail, it will be the result not of states agreeing to it but of the federal government forcing it upon them.
In defense of his bill, Hudson has said, “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.”
Does that sound even vaguely familiar? Have individuals on sexual offense registries found it difficult to navigate the maze of laws governing the registry as they travel?