by James Buchanan
During the campaign Donald Trump proposed creating a national system in which a concealed carry permit from one state will be recognized in all 50 states. As we’ve seen in the last two weeks, Donald Trump has been doing exactly what he said he will do, and it seems fairly certain that his concealed carry promise will materialize soon.
On January 3rd, members of Congress created the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.” A Congressional website reports “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 allows a qualified individual to carry or possess a concealed handgun in a school zone and in federally owned lands that are open to the public.”
The Republicans have a majority in the House and the Senate, but the Democrats may try to do a filibuster. One website discusses the filibuster problem: “As Democrats strategize on how to stop conservative legislation from making its way to Donald Trump’s desk in the White House, Republicans have a little-known rule in their toolbox that would allow them to pass legislation, including a repeal of Obamacare, with a simple majority.”
“Democrats were able to keep 48 seats in the Senate after Tuesday’s election, giving the party the power to filibuster legislation and effectively prevent conservative policies from being enacted.”
“But Republicans can turn to a seldom-used Senate rule that would allow them to pass legislation by a simple majority vote—legislation that has a greater chance of earning Trump’s signature after he assumes office Jan. 20.”
“Called the two-speech rule, the tool limits senators to giving only two speeches in one legislative day on a question before the Senate. A legislative day, which differs from a calendar day, ends when the upper chamber adjourns.”
“Once a senator gives those two speeches, he or she is not allowed to speak again.”
“The Senate then would vote on the bill up for debate when there aren’t any more senators who are permitted to speak.”
If Trump does pass a fifty state reciprocity bill for concealed carry, it’s a good bet that California and New York will drag their feet on issuing CCW permits. How do you get around this? One way would be to get an out-of-state CCW permit from a state that allows you to apply for a permit by mail and/or by an Internet gun training course.
The state of Virginia will actually issue CCW permits to people from out of state by mail. Virginia charges $100 for a five year permit, which requires passing a background check (which the state does once you’ve sent in your completed forms) and a gun training course that can be taken online from a state-approved instructor for $39. Additional information can be found here and here.
Many Americans may soon be able to get a concealed carry permit for the first time in their lives after decades of liberal tyrants denying them this most basic right.