In January of this year, U.S. House Rep. Richard Hudson sponsored a bill titled H.R. 38 - Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. This bill provides that any American citizen who possesses a valid concealed carry permit may legally carry that handgun interstate, provided that it does not supersede any state laws prohibiting citizens from carrying firearms. Additionally, this bill would allow anyone possessing a valid concealed carry permit to legally carry their handgun onto public lands, including National Parks Systems and BLM land. As defined in this bill - A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.
Along with some other provisions which address law enforcement and Federal judges, this bill would mean a huge victory for law abiding citizens and their right to carry for self defense no matter where their travels take them. As the House prepares to vote on H.R.38, pro-gun advocates across America hold their breath as we look forward to it passing on through the Senate and on to the President's desk. To read the bill in it's entirety click here. If you have any questions about the details of this bill or how it would affect you, just ask.
Take action and urge your Representatives to vote yes on this bill!