By this time next year your concealed carry permit could be good in all 50 states…if you even need one


holstered-gun-kelly-mccarthy-cc0Donald Trump’s election as president could be the tipping point that finally gets nation-wide concealed carry reciprocity into law.

Under such a law, every state must recognize concealed carry permits issued by other states.

But the Constitutional Carry movement, in which states allow citizens to carry concealed without a permit, provides both a danger and an opportunity for gun owners.

There are two nation-wide concealed carry reciprocity bills in Congress. One, H.R. 986, specifically states residents of Constitutional Carry states do not need to secure a permit in order to carry in other states.

After all, the bill only recognizes permits. If your state doesn’t require one, other states can legally bar you from carry.

Passing a nation-wide concealed carry reciprocity bill that does NOT cover Constitutional Carry states could effective kill the Constitutional Carry movement. Few states would want to trade not requiring a permit for opening its citizens to arrest for traveling over states lines.

But one bill, H.R. 923, DOES protect Constitutional Carry.

IF Congress were to pass, and Trump to sign, a reciprocity bill that protects Constitutional Carry, it could help spark a nationwide effort to repeal permits for concealed carry.

Congress has the votes to pass a bill, and Trump has said he will sign it.

But will it be a win for gun owners, or a Trojan horse for blocking Constitutional Carry?

One reader commented: 

The law could state that any permit or any permit that meets certain federal criteria, including permits held by non-residents of the state of issue (like a NY resident holding a Florida CCW), would be valid in any state under the full faith and credit clause of the Constitution. Constitutional carry states would not have to require a permit or issue them. Nor would non-shall-issue states like NY or California have to issue permits – non-resident permits from other states would be valid. Residents of those states could obtain non-resident permits from any state that will issue them, and that permit would be good nationwide.

The Constitutional Carry movement would still be free to work to have states repeal any permit requirement or work to have them nullified by the courts or Congress.