The US House has passed H.R.38, Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, with a vote of 231-198.
Six Democrats voted in favor of the package, Reps. Sanford Bishop (Ga.), Henry Cuellar (Texas), Vicente Gonzalez (Texas), Ron Kind (Wis.), Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Kurt Schrader (Ore.). Fourteen Republicans voted no, several citing concerns over the background checks bill that has been added at the last minute.
Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) voted against the package despite his support for National Reciprocity. Massie wrote on a Facebook post, “It throws millions of dollars at a faulty program and it will result in more law-abiding citizens being deprived of their right to keep and bear arms,” Massie wrote in a Facebook post ahead of the vote.
National Conceal Carry Reciprocity heads the the US Senate where its fate is uncertain.
What is National Reciprocity?
Currently, it is not possible to conceal carry a firearm in most states across the US without a conceal carry permit, often called a “CHL.” Not all states recognize other states’ concealed handgun license as they recognize other states’ driver’s licenses. This means someone with a Colorado CHL cannot conceal carry in California. This seems to contradict the whole “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” component of the Bill of Rights.
While National Conceal Carry Reciprocity is not the same as constitutional carry, it is a step towards allowing citizens to bear arms in all 50 states.