2 months, 2 weeks ago
… the text of the bill, available as a pdf file on Rep. Hudson’s official House website, will codify that a person “carrying a valid license or permit which is issued pursuant to the law of a State and which permits the person to carry a concealed firearm or is entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides, may possess or carry a concealed handgun … in any State that …. has a statute under which residents of the State may apply for a license or permit to carry a concealed firearm; or … does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms by residents of the State for lawful purposes.
Read the full text of the bill here. The first time I read the bill it seemed weak to me. It took me twice through to recognize its strength.
The operative phrase is “has a statute under which residents of the State may apply for a license or permit to carry a concealed firearm.”
I would like legal minds to weigh in on this, but to me that means that I can carry virtually anywhere except Hawaii (which has no permitting system at all). Every other state to the best of my knowledge has a permitting system, whether it’s a shall issue system or may issue system (where only the rich and politically connected are allowed to carry).
Now I see that the comments already forming on the issue of constitutional carry. No, this law would require a permit from your state, and likely your CLEO. It’s not perfect. Remember folks. I’m not a pragmatist, but I recognize the value of incrementalism in our battle. The progs use it to their advantage. We must learn to use it to ours.