Washington, DC -- Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) today proudly voted in favor of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, when it passed the House by a margin of 231-198. This bipartisan legislation, of which Congressman Hunter is an original cosponsor, ensures that law-abiding citizens that have obtained a state-issued concealed carry license or permit for their firearm may carry a concealed handgun in any other state that allows concealed carry, as long as the individual is properly following the laws of that state.
“For the past several years, House Republicans have successfully stopped legislative efforts attacking our 2nd Amendment. Today, we are being proactive by passing a common-sense measure that upholds and expands our constitutional right to bear arms while enhancing public safety at the same time,” said Congressman Hunter. “Many state laws, particularly here in California, unnecessarily restrict the ability of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm for which they are fully qualified. These individuals have passed background checks and have taken all the required training for knowing the laws and handling firearms. If we can travel from state-to-state with a driver’s license, there is no good reason why we cannot do the same with concealed carry.”
Studies have shown that citizens that carry a concealed handgun are better prepared to act in their own self-defense and in the protection of others. Arbitrary state laws that restrict the ability of citizens to exercise their constitutional right of self-protection only benefits criminals those that seek to cause harm. Many states already allow for reciprocity of their license and permits, H.R. 38 would streamline regulation and make it universal across the nation while, at the same time, upholding the conditions states have in place to prevent criminals from carrying a concealed handgun.
Following its passage, H.R. 38 will now be referred to the U.S. Senate for consideration where a similar bill, S.446, has already been introduced.