Monday, July 24, 2017

White House Petition for National Concealed Carry Reciprocity H.R. 38

President Trump promised to protect the Second Amendment and to push for national reciprocity for concealed carry permits.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) has created a petition urging President Donald Trump to push Congress to pass H.R. 38 and to send it to him for signature. H.R.38 creates national reciprocity for concealed carry.  The bill amends the federal criminal code to allow qualified people to carry concealed handguns in any state if they are qualified to do so in their state of residence.  Here is the summation from
This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

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.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.
The passage of the bill would go far in keeping President Trump's campaign promises. It removes numerous existing infringements on the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Here is the wording of the petition. From
Mr. President, you have said many times that you would sign a national concealed carry reciprocity bill. Please urge Congress to pass H.R. 38 as soon as possible!

H.R. 38 will allow America's 17 million concealed handgun permit holders to carry in every state in the Union as they go about their lives. As the recent shooting in Alexandria shows, crime and terrorism have no borders. Neither should self-defense!

No other group is as law-abiding as concealed handgun permit holders, regardless of which state they are from.

Currently over 20 states, such as Virginia, North Carolina, and Arizona, already honor permits from all other states, without issue. H.R. 38 will simply make such recognition uniform across the nation and will save many innocent American lives!
The petition was started on 18 July, 2017, and has over 8,000 signatures so far. It has until 17 August, 2017 to accumulate 100,000 signatures or more.

Here is the link to the petition. It requires submission of an email address and personal information to be counted.

Congress has already passed such legislation for current and retired police officers. The courts have already enforced that law, known as LEOSA, The Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act. LEOSA has been steadily expanded by amendment and by court interpretation. H.R. 38 would be following established legal precedent.


Some people insist that all our Second Amendment rights be restored immediately. They say any partial restoration of rights is no victory at all. The infringements on Second Amendment rights did not happen all at once. They accumulated over time, starting with restrictions on concealed carry in the 1830's.

Incrementally restoring Second Amendment rights has been working. Fourteen states now have close approximations of Constitutional Carry. All states have methods for people to legal concealed carry weapons.  The methods include shall issue permits in 41 states. Vermont does not have a permit process because they have always been a Constitutional Carry state. The eight states that egregiously violate the right to bear arms (by allowing permits to be denied at discretion) face the prospect of a Supreme Court decision or a national reciprocity law, either of which will remove many of their infringements on the right to bear arms.

Fighting with a petition, a friendly President, and a friendly Congress, is far easier than fighting an unfriendly President commanding a military force with all the resources of the Federal government aligned against you. I have signed the petition.

Here is a link to the petition.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Like Rand Paul does not support the current health care bill because it is not a full repeal of the ACA, I can not support this half measure to restore the second amendment. the existing United States Supreme Court rulings clearly states "a right can not be turned into a privilege by requiring a TAX. LICENSE or a PERMIT". " No State can deny A citizen their constitutionally guaranteed rights" The federal law this Bill tries to amend is unconstitutional. The second amendment is National Reciprocity because the federal government nor the state governments have the authority to pass infringing laws that ad words to the second amendment. by the tenth amendment the states are required to enforce the second amendment as written and the federal government has no authority to change any thing in the second amendment or ad any thing to it. Passing this bill would not be requiring the government to correct decades of wrong doing. we have a second amendment right ,No one can change it or deny it. The USSC has ruled "If it is not written it does not exist". Federal laws and state laws are not ratified amendments. there are only 26 words written in the second amendment, No other words can legally exist or legally be enforced because they are not legally written. You can not correct a law that is an unconstitutional law to begin with.