CCW Weekend: Is National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Viable?

Last year, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015, known as H.R. 402, was introduced in the House of Representatives. Under H.R. 402, the federal criminal code would be amended, allowing a person who has a valid government-issued ID and a concealed carry permit from one state would be allowed to possess, transport, ship and receive firearms in every other state.

Because of the lack of national reciprocity – particularly with handgun permits – a conundrum is created. People are limited to where they can travel while armed, particularly over stateliness. There have been federal concealed carry reciprocity bills, but nothing has come of them so far.

Gun rights advocates have long pushed for national reciprocity, as have a number of lawmakers in Congress. In 2015, a number of bills proposing federal concealed carry reciprocity were introduced into the Congressional record.

According to an NRA blog from March 2015, no fewer than four had gone before the House of Representatives and Senate since the beginning of that year.

Clearly, this is something that people want. Other bills proposing the same things have been introduced in previous years as well, so it’s hardly anything new.

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