H.R.38 - Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2019

CAN's Congressional photo of congress member and Rep Richard Hudson

To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a means by which nonresidents of a State whose residents may carry concealed firearms may also do so in the State.

You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe every person with a concealed carry permit has passed the federal background check requirements and should not have their rights restricted while traveling within the country. No one state should have the jurisdiction to take away law-abiding person's right simply by crossing state lines.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe that since states have different requirements for concealed carry permits, permit holders may not bother to comply with the law of states they visit. These regulations are not impeding those individuals from getting permits at the states where he or she will be traveling to nor are they impeding these individuals from exercising their second amendment rights.
Introduced House Senate President Law

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2019 allows a qualified individual to carry or possess a concealed handgun into another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

A qualified individual must:

• Be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law;
• Carry a valid photo identification document;
• Carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by any state;

Sponsoring Rep. Richard Hudson reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress, trying to ensure that people who wish to obtain concealed carry permits can retain the ability to carry in other states as long as they comply with the laws of the state they’re in.

"Our Second Amendment right doesn't disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is a common-sense solution to a problem too many Americans face. It will provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits,"
stated Rep. Hudson.

A person possessing or carrying a concealed handgun in a State may do so in any of the following areas in the State that are open to the public:

• A unit of the National Park System;
• A unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System;
• Public land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management;
• Land administered and managed by the Army Corps of Engineers;
• Land administered and managed by the Bureau of Reclamation;
• Land administered and managed by the Forest Service.

A person who carries or possesses a concealed handgun may not be arrested or otherwise detained for violation of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof related to the possession, transportation, or carrying of firearms unless there is probable cause to believe that the person is doing so in a manner not provided for by this section.

Presentation of facially valid documents is prima facie evidence that the individual has a license or permit as required by this section.

The term “identification document” refers to a document made or issued by or under the authority of the United States Government, a State, or a political subdivision of a State which, when completed with information concerning a particular individual, is of a type intended or commonly accepted for the purpose of identification of individuals.

The term ‘handgun’ includes any magazine for use in a handgun and any ammunition loaded into the handgun or its magazine.

The bill aims to protect fundamental Constitutional rights by allowing law-abiding citizens to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while they are traveling or temporarily living away from home. It allows individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to conceal carry in any other states that also allow concealed carry and treats state-issued concealed carry permits like drivers’ licenses, where an individual can use their home-state license to drive in another state but must abide by that other state’s speed limit or road laws.


Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8].

See list of cosponsors.

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