Another layer has been added to the gun control controversy due to a new bill from Congress. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38) will allow people with conceal and carry rights to keep those rights when traveling across state lines. They would be allowed to enter school zones and public federal land, but they would have to meet certain qualifications. This means they must be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law, carry a valid photo identification document, and carry a valid concealed carry permit (send your opinion to your rep here.)
Those who support the bill argue it is too difficult for law-abiding concealed carry permit holders to travel out of state and keep their rights. They have to negotiate a confusing maze of laws, reciprocity agreements, and recognition statutes to keep a right they already have. They also argue that recent gun violence in public places shows the need for more gun carrying citizens.
Those in opposition to the law argue that the state-by-state conceal-carry gun laws differ too much for this bill to work. States with tougher requirements would have to allow people from other states with fewer requirements to carry their firearms. Each state knows what is best for its own residents, so forcing another state’s laws onto them would put people in danger.
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