With Donald Trump now in the White House, the move to finally establish nationwide reciprocity for concealed weapons license holders has finally gained real traction.
One of the problems that’s long beset concealed weapons licensees is that once they cross over into another state from that which issued the permit, their legal status as bearers of firearms oftentimes becomes invalid; depending on the laws of the state into which they’ve traveled, they might be charged with serious weapons violations that can potentially result in years of prison time.
While individual states have worked hard in recent years to establish reciprocity agreements with other states, it has been, by far, an imperfect - and incomplete - system.
Now, however, there’s a formal effort in process to try to standardize reciprocity throughout all of the 50 states. H.R. 38, introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) back in January, would make a concealed weapons license issued in one state valid in all of the others.
Simple and sensible, right?
Well, not to gun-grabbing politicians, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
According to the National Rifle Association (NRA), Emanuel and de Blasio, together at a June 27 meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, spearheaded a declaration of the assembled that said the core components of national reciprocity “are completely antithetical to all of the efforts to reduce and prevent gun violence.”
De Blasio’s part in all of this seems bad enough, but Emanuel’s, considering the outrageous level of gun violence in his city from the hardened criminal element that cares not a whit about gun control laws…is a flat-out injustice.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large