In some states where concealed carry is permitted, citizens are allowed to go wherever they want packing a gun so long as they have a permit. Meaning if you get into an argument at Walmart over the last box of Pop Tarts — you might very well get blown away.
Concealed carry laws generally exist in the red states that voted these bills into law because they felt it was necessary for protection or some crap like that. States like Texas and North Carolina feel like more weapons is a great way to reduce violence. Makes no sense, but whatever… that’s what they want. People in states like California would really rather not have citizens wondering if the jackass that just took their parking spot is carrying a Glock 40 and have no such law on the books.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 aims to change all of that and force people to deal with concealed carry whether they want to or not.
The concept here is that if you have a concealed carry permit in one state and travel to another state that has no such law, you have to be afforded the same rights to shoot people in the face that you were in your home state. This even applies to states with different regulations. Meaning if you’re allowed to carry a gun on a school campus where you’re from and you go to a state that thinks guns shouldn’t be around children… they would be required to let you carry a gun around school children.
This should scare the shit out of you on a couple of levels.
First, let’s not forget how state laws work. People live in different states and these states each have their own individual cultures, ways of doing things, needs, wants, etc. What is socially permissible in Wyoming doesn’t necessarily fly in Vermont and vice versa.
Take California for example. People there generally don’t want concealed weapons around them at all times and save for a couple of counties that went rogue, there’s no concealed carry in California. In fact, California has pretty strict gun laws because the citizens voted for them.That’s not to say everyone is on the same page. There’s plenty of people who agree with concealed carry and want it but recognize that the law is how it is — and respect that. Under this new law, a state that clearly does not want concealed carry… will be forced to have it. Even if they didn’t vote for it. Even if they explicitly voted against it.
Which brings us to the other point, a blatant legislative overreach.
Congress is run by Republicans at the moment, for better or worse, and that party just so happens to have a gun boner. Democrats generally subscribe to the notion that guns are dangerous and should be regulated as such. Being the party in power, passing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 goes beyond pushing an agenda. It moves into the territory of Congress overriding state’s rights. If Hawaii or New York don’t want concealed carry (they don’t) they shouldn’t be forced to accept people in their state carrying concealed weapons. If they wanted it, they would have voted for it. When you come to a state, you should abide by that state’s rules. If it’s that much of a problem for you to not wield deadly force for a few days, maybe just don’t go to that state.
It bears mentioning that there is currently no reciprocity for medical marijuana permits. Just throwing that out there.
Enacting concealed carry reciprocity opens the door for all kinds of draconian legislation allowing the Federal Government veto power over any state law citizens have voted for in order to make their state how they want it. If a state did not vote for, or specifically voted against concealed carry — that’s how they want things to be. That state voice needs to be respected.