As expected when Donald Trump was announced as president-elect, America is regressing.
Despite numerous devastating public shootings and other forms of violence utilizing guns, Congress has put forward an extremely aggressive piece of conceal-carry legislation. This is coming days after the deadly Fort Lauderdale airport shooting.
This legislation didn’t come out of nowhere, however. During Trump’s campaign, we saw a rhetoric which supported the right to bear arms, and the right to conceal carry. In a startling statement, Trump likened conceal-carry permits to drivers licenses. He asserted that, like drivers licenses, conceal-carry permits should grant you the right to conceal-carry anywhere in the country, even in states with more stringent rules:
‘If we can do that for driving — which is a privilege, not a right — then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.’
Generally when there are revisions to these types of laws, it is about alleviating headaches for those working across states, or other totally logical reasons for weakening conceal-carry legislation. This is entirely different.
This is an unprecedented move which seeks to remove the control from the states and bring it to the federal level. So long as any single state has weak conceal-carry rules, should this bill pass, that state could provide every American, residing in every state in the country with a conceal-carry permit, which they can use at home.
This brazen and reckless piece of garbage has been brought to Congress by Republican Representative Richard Hudson of North Carolina. Hudson credits the incoming president with providing a supportive environment for legislation like this to be brought forward:
— Richard Hudson (@RepRichHudson) January 3, 2017
The first line of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (also being called Hudson’s Bill) proves this purpose:
‘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.’
In addition, it allows residents of States with no permits required to conceal-carry, to conceal-carry without a permit across the country.
Hudson advocates that a person “still has to abide by the rules of the state [they’re entering].” He claims that if a state does not permit concealed carry at all, then this Bill would not provide you with the right to conceal-carry in that state.
Interesting however, is the fact that all states allow concealed-carry under some circumstances, making his argument completely irrelevant.
Unfortunately as well, the feedback on social media has been largely pro-Hudson’s Bill, from the moment it was first discussed:
— Lou Orangeo (@LOrangeo11) December 21, 2016
— Jason Linhardt (@gospelsparky) January 9, 2017
There’s no denying the danger that a Trump Presidency presents now. You can read the entire Concealed-Carry Reciprocity Act here.
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