The Scalise shooting last week has thrown the issue of concealed carry reciprocity for members of Congress into the forefront of the Second Amendment debate. Should a Congressman or woman who has a concealed carry permit/license in their home state be allowed to carry in Washington, D.C.?
Every law-abiding gun owner in America wants Congress members to have the ability to protect themselves while in Washington. What we don’t want, however, is to have Congress pass an elitist bill. We want them to pass reciprocity for everyone.
If the need for reciprocity is great enough for Congress to pass a law just for them then there’s a great enough need to pass reciprocity for all Americans.
Here’s the perfect example of why concealed carry reciprocity is important:
I live in Idaho along the Idaho/Washington border. People who possess concealed carry permits in Idaho aren’t legally allowed to carry in Washington, even though they’re more likely to need their firearm in the Evergreen State. Passing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 would change that flaw.
Families who want to take a multi-state trip have to either:
A) Leave their firearm at home.
B) Have their firearm locked in the trunk of their car.
C) Carry their firearm on their person and take the chance of being stopped by law enforcement.
Why are we punishing law-abiding gun owners? The state says they trust an individual enough to carry a loaded firearm but not enough to carry it across state lines? It makes absolutely zero sense.
Congress: you’re supposed to be one of – if not the most – pro-Second Amendment classes. Prove to us that you’re going to put your money where your mouth is. Show us that you care about our Constitutional rights. Pass a reciprocity for all Americans, and not just the elites.
UPDATE: The bill in question was introduced by Congressman Mo Brooks, known as the Congressional Self-Defense Act.