New Bill Would Make it Easier for Truckers to Conceal Carry Across State Lines
Washington D.C. – A new bill that would make it easier for truckers to conceal carry a firearm has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives.
Currently, States regulate matters relating to open or concealed carry.
Therefore, the right to lawfully carry, whether open or concealed, is determined on the basis of what reciprocity agreements a state has with other states… if it has any at all.
On Monday, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
According to Hudson, the legislation would allow people with state-issued concealed carry licenses or permits to conceal a handgun in any other state, as long as the permit holder follows the laws of that state.
It also allows residents of Constitutional carry states the ability to carry in other states.
“Our Second Amendment rights do not disappear when we cross state lines, and H.R. 38 guarantees that,” said Rep. Hudson. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is a common sense solution 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.”
H.R. 38 already has 154 co-sponsors including three Democrats.
A similar measure was introduced in 2017 and won passage in the U.S. House by a vote of 231-198, yet it was not taken up in the U.S. Senate.
In a statement, Hudson indicated he will keep pushing until the legislation becomes the law of the land.
However, Democrats are expected to soon control the House, Senate and the White House, so odds of this bill becoming law in the next four years are slim.