Toward a National Consensus
A movement is underfoot to allow national conceal-carry reciprocity between states. Right now many states have at least some semblance of agreements with other states guaranteeing recognition of each others’ permits. However, some states stubbornly refuse to allow reciprocity between them. These include California, New York, and Illinois.
All of these result in a convoluted situation where even law abiding citizens that inform police that they are carrying legal weapons from their state can still wind up in jail. FoxNews reported on one case that made it all the way to the Supreme Court.
These are not isolated cases in the age of increased gunphobia. They are likely to continue and expand. There is a growing consensus around those that support the Second Amendment. It is that a national conceal-carry agreement can help get around unconstitutional state laws. These include New York’s SAFE Act or a raft of laws pushed by Lt. Governor Newsom.
The NRA has come out in support of such a law. It says in part that the law follows the spirit of the Second Amendment but also follows a course supported nationwide. They write in part that the proposal “allows a person to concealed carry only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm, are carrying a valid government-issued photo ID, and are lawfully licensed or otherwise entitled to carry a concealed handgun.”
Future of the Second Amendment
The Washington Free Beacon reported on the bill. North Carolina Republican Richard Hudson introduced the law. The new Republican Congress is likely to strongly consider the bill, and President Trump has already said that he supported similar measures.
In short, this will guarantee rights already held by gun owners and hopefully protect them for a new generation of individuals interested in self-defense and firearms ownership. We can only hope so.