Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act 2017-2018
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is one that many CCW holders have been waiting for. Imagine unwittingly committing a felony by taking one wrong turn on a highway or getting off the wrong exit. This is the way it has been for years. For example, the Utah concealed carry permit allows the holder to carry in 30 other states. If the Utah CCW holder were to carry in any of the other 19 states, they would be committing a crime. This inadvertent “crime” has called for nationwide reform. If other licenses, such as your driver’s license, work across all 50 states, then why shouldn’t your CCW? Enter: the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017-2018.
Opposition and Misinformation
Opponents of the bill make emotional claims such as “The new law would allow virtually anyone to carry a loaded concealed gun with them, anywhere”. The same article also claims that in some states, teenagers with violent crimes, domestic violence and convicted stalkers are able to obtain a permit. The article specifically calls out South Dakota as a state which would allow a teenager who has been convicted of stalking to obtain a permit. South Dakota’s website shows the state’s requirements for permit holders. It states that a holder cannot have a history of drugs or violence, has not been found to be a “danger to others” within the last 10 years, has not been convicted of a felony or crime of violence, among other requirements.
A nice lady at the Utah Department of Public Safety informed me that each permit in Utah is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. She told me a story of a man with a felony was denied his permit, but appealed the decision and due to the nature of the felony, he was able to obtain his permit. However, when he went to the local PD to recover his guns, they still denied him because he is not federally allowed to own firearms. The most his permit can do for him is look pretty framed on his wall.
She also informed me of people who are from states which recognize Utah’s concealed carry holders come to Utah to get a permit and carry in their home state. This CCRA would not allow this. The act would allow those who have a permit from their own state of residence to carry throughout the rest of the nation. The CCRA specifically states that those who are qualified will be able to carry throughout the nation. Those who now carry without a permit will not be able to do so throughout the rest of the country.
Any time there is a proposed bill to allow for firearm freedom, there will always be very vocal opponents. Just as with many other subjects, people allow themselves to get stirred up before they know the facts. Citizen Armor will never condone irresponsible gun ownership, but we do believe that a permit like your CCW should be valid throughout the country just as your driver’s license it. If you are properly trained and have gone through the right steps to become a concealed carry permit holder, there’s no reason why other states shouldn’t recognize that. Can you imagine not being able to drive through California or New York, just because you don’t have a driver’s license in that state? Ridiculous.
If you support the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, make sure to contact your local congressperson and urge their support.