President-Elect Donald Trump has certainly delivered very favorable rhetoric on the topic of gun rights in America. Trump’s official platform regarding the 2nd Amendment says the following:
“The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.”
After being sworn into office in January 2017, he’ll have a chance to deliver.
The Daily Caller reported this week that Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina is ready to introduce The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. I couldn’t help but notice that this bill would be different from most others simply for having a title that accurately illustrates the intent of the bill. Whereas typical bills passed in Congress entitled “The Stop Violence Against Puppies Act” are really just tax hikes and bridge projects, this would indeed simply establish national reciprocity for any holder of a legal concealed weapons permit. How refreshing. This would mean that I – a South Carolina concealed weapons permit holder – would finally have reciprocity in the 15 states that currently do not recognize my permit, including New York and California.
The Democrats love to talk about “common sense” reform in this country. Well this bill couldn’t be more common sense and consistent with the Second Amendment, but I have no doubt it will meet heated resistance. The federal government exists for one reason: to protect our unalienable rights. The Bill of Rights is clear when it declares that our “right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”. That includes infringement by state governments who won’t accept the concealed weapons permit issued by another state.
It was just last year that Governor Chris Christie pardoned a woman who was arrested for illegally possessing a concealed weapon in the state of New Jersey. She has a permit to carry in Pennsylvania which doesn’t have reciprocity with New Jersey for carry permits. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, if signed into law, would avoid the wasted time and money of such instances.
It’s worth noting that the National Rifle Association spent over $30 million dollars to help elect Donald Trump. As a long time NRA member, I consider that money well spent. The big question is whether or not this bill can get through the Senate. It’s difficult to imagine any Democrat Senators giving the okay on this, but a handful of them are up for re-election in 2018 in states that Trump won. Maybe they’ll break from the pack and help pass the bill. However, should they remain steadfast in their opposition to the Second Amendment, we’ll have the political capital to replace them in two years. I call it a win-win situation.
Either way, things are looking good for the Second Amendment.