For conservative Trump voters, the wins keep rolling in even before Inauguration Day!
The latest good news comes from Republican Congressman Richard Hudson out of North Carolina.
Hudson is introducing a bill known as the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017”. It aims to simplify the nation’s patchwork of different gun permits and to enshrine the 2nd Amendment right to carry handguns for personal defense.
His new draft may find fertile ground in the new congress, as a wave of populist voter sentiment has put Donald Trump in the White House and delivered the largest congressional majority that Republicans have seen in decades.
The bill seeks to amend title 18, Chapter 44 of the United States Code, which deals with firearms. The goal is to provide a means by which nonresidents of a State whose residents may carry concealed firearms may also do so in the State.
Simply put, a concealed carry permit issued in any one State would be valid in all States. The way the law currently works, many states do not honor CCW permits from other states. Democrat-controlled states are notorious for blocking their citizens’ legal right to carry concealed handguns for protection.
It leaves in place protections for private businesses that wish to ban guns on their premises, as well as government buildings and schools.
If this bill were coupled with the Constitutional Carry legislation that has been proposed, it could mean the fastest, most sweeping changes to gun laws that we’ve seen in our lifetimes. And for the first time in years, it’s not a change for the worse.
Trump expresses support on his website for a national right to carry in all 50 states, referred to as Constitutional Carry. This would override the liberal politicians who have tried to deny citizens their rights. Many counties in Democrat-run areas still refuse to issue concealed carry permits to most applicants.
Congressman Hudson made it clear that he believes all Americans who can pass the required background checks deserve the right to self-defense, regardless of what city or state they live in.
“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and I plan to introduce legislation in the first days of the 115th Congress to guarantee that. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense bill to provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits,” Rep. Hudson told The Daily Caller.
He added, “As a member of President-elect Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition, I look forward to working with the administration to advance policies that support and protect our right to keep and bear arms.”
Reciprocity laws make sense for citizens who travel for family or work. With the current laws, a truck driver who’s route passes through multiple states may be denied the right to defend their safety with a firearm.
If the bill clears congress, it’s almost certain to be signed by President Trump. He has indicated he will be the strongest 2nd Amendment president we’ve seen in decades.
Trump has affirmed his commitment to gun rights, and echoed Congressman Hudson’s sentiments about the universal right to self-defense:
“The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.”
He also gave strong indications that he would not support any magazine bans or restrictions on semi-automatic rifles. When it comes to bans on different types of rifles and magazines, he said on his website that “the government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own”.
“Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like ‘assault weapons’, ‘military-style weapons’ and ‘high capacity magazines’ to confuse people. What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans. Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice.”
With broad control of the House and Senate, along with a sweeping mandate by gun-owning American voters, President Trump will most likely act fast to expand our constitutional protections.
Those who believe that gun ownership is a right, not a privilege, are on common ground with Trump. He has long enjoyed the hearty endorsement of the NRA, the country’s biggest gun owners’ association.
These moves on federal gun law are liable to infuriate Democrat state and city leaders across the nation. If Trump uses the power of the executive pen to enact changes, following Obama’s precedents, the pain will be double.
For many decades, Democrats in populous counties have tried to subvert federal authority by passing unconstitutional laws in their local jurisdictions. It is a game of political tug-of-war where Democrats wish to assert priority over the feds, while still taking their money.
The typical response is to negotiate with cities using the allocation of federal funds as a bargaining chip. But when the government is controlled by Democrats like Obama, there is no negotiation. The cities get everything they want and are empowered to flaunt federal law at will.
We have seen this with the sanctuary city phenomenon, but nowhere is it clearer than with gun control. Cities like Chicago have seen their radical Democrat mayors ban handgun ownership and gun stores.
Trump is likely to call their bluff and withhold funding as necessary to get his way on important issues like gun control.
The top three gun control states of New York, Illinois, and California, have a lot to lose if they put their federal funding at risk. Numbers from 2013 show reveal staggering outlay of federal tax dollars to these populous Democrat strongholds.
New York received almost $200 billion in federal funding. Illinois got $100 billion. And California was showered with a jaw-dropping $343 BILLION in federal funding for fiscal 2013. That’s a whopping ten thousand dollars spent for every man, woman, and child, using New York as an example.
These states would be doing their residents a great disservice to waste money challenging the Constitution on gun rights. They would be better off accepting the changes and adapting to them. Working together with citizens to enact sensible community policing might be a good step in the right direction.
The Democrat-controlled cities with the highest crime rates are the same cities with the most restrictions on firearm ownership: New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles. It’s been the same since the fifties. Their hamfisted approach to reducing gun violence hasn’t worked at all, but they stubbornly refuse to reconsider.
It is because of these cases that a federal law is needed, to allow vulnerable citizens in Democrat-controlled jurisdictions to enjoy the same right to protection that all Americans are guaranteed under the Constitution.
Under President Trump, Americans will have their full rights under the 2nd Amendment restored, while sensible policies to reduce violence are put into place. If his proposals work as intended, we will see violent crime rates swiftly decline over the next four years.
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