State Outright Recognition for Right-to-Carry Permits Helps Protect All Gun Owners

State Outright Recognition for Right-to-Carry Permits Helps Protect All Gun Owners

Longtime gun rights supporters know that gun owners need to stick together. Over/under shotgun and revolver aficionados help to fight semi-automatic bans, because their guns would be next on the chopping block. Those over 21 fight firearms restrictions on 18-21-year-olds, because such gun controls diminish the Second Amendment right, deter future gun owners, and weaken the shooting community. Hunters with access to sufficient private land fight for greater hunting access to public land to help ensure more hunters can take to the field, thus preserving America’s hunting heritage. The point is that when working to advance Second Amendment rights, not every piece of legislation will impact a given gun rights supporter directly. However, such legislation may still be vital to the broad goals of the Second Amendment community. Consider state legislation to provide outright recognition of Right-to-Carry permits from all other states. The benefits of such legislation may not be immediately apparent to Right-to-Carry permit holders in the state, as it will not directly affect their ability to carry. However, such legislation is vital to breaking down the broad legal barriers to exercising the Second Amendment right, shifting cultural norms around firearms and the Right-to-Carry, and even has nonobvious practical benefits to in-state gun owners. A top priority for gun rights supporters at the federal level is national Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation. On January 4, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) introduced H.R.38 , or the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The legislation would ensure that Right-to-Carry permit holders could carry throughout the […]

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