Momentum: National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Nearing Floor Vote

FILE - In this April 30, 2016, file photo, an array of firearms are on display at the annual meeting of the United States Concealed Carry Association in Atlanta, Georgia. Gun rights advocates entered the Trump era with high hopes. After years of frustration they thought a gun-friendly president and …
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Rep. Richard Hudson’s (R-NC) national reciprocity legislation will receive a markup from the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, making it possible for the bill to receive a floor vote by the end of the year.

Hudson’s legislation, Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, was introduced on January 3, 2017. It treats a concealed carry permit like a driver’s license, making a permit from one state valid in the other 49. In so doing it would correct the complicated and often confusing patchwork of concealed carry laws currently in effect throughout the country. describes a markup:

A committee markup is the key formal step a committee ultimately takes for the bill to advance to the floor. Normally, the committee chair chooses the proposal that will be placed before the committee for markup: a referred bill or a new draft text. At this meeting, which is typically open to the public, members of the committee consider possible changes to the proposal by offering and voting on amendments to it, including possibly a complete substitute for its text.

The fact that the bill is scheduled for markup means the committee is confident it will receive a floor vote.

Rep. Hudson released a statement on the markup on Monday, saying, “For me and the vast majority of Americans who support concealed carry reciprocity, this is welcome progress. I want to thank Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) for his strong leadership to protect our Second Amendment rights. I will continue to work with my colleagues and President Trump to pass this common sense legislation to protect law-abiding citizens.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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