Duncan Hunter is a co-sponsor to H.R. 38, which is the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The bill was introduced by Representative Richard Hudson of North Carolina and in his own words, off of his website (https://hudson.house.gov/press-releases/hudson-introduces-national-concealed-carry-reciprocity-bill/#.WJAyRThtiiA) states that:
“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 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. As a member of President-elect Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition, I look forward to working with my colleagues and the administration to get this legislation across the finish line.”
Per Rep. Hudson’s website, “This legislation will:
- Ensure that valid concealed carry permits issued in one state are valid for carrying concealed handguns in other states that recognize their own resident’s right to concealed carry;
- Allow those from constitutional carry states the ability to carry in other states that recognize their own resident’s right to concealed carry;
- Put the burden of proof clearly on the state to show that an individual carrying concealed did not comply with the law, thus protecting law-abiding gun owners from onerous civil suits;
- Provide legal protections against states that violate the intent of this bill, making attorney’s fees and damages available to victorious plaintiffs in civil suits, as well as to defendants who prevail in criminal cases; and
- Allow individuals who are carrying concealed to do so in the National Park System, National Wildlife Refuge System, and on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation.
Each state retains the authority to determine regulations for carrying within their borders, as well as for the carry permits or licenses that are issued under their law.”
In short, they want a concealed carry permit to be regarded as a driver’s license – deemed valid by every state that also has concealed carry laws. Needless to say there are numerous arguments to be made against this idea, for example: not every state has the same requirements for a concealed carry permit – thus someone from a low requirement state could carry her/his weapon in a state in which that person would not have been permitted to obtain such a license. Another very Republican sounding argument is that shouldn’t the residents of a state determine what the requirements are, in that state, to obtain a concealed weapon permit?
But coming back to the here and now…. CA is a concealed carry state and the San Diego County Sheriff’s requires the applicant to be a resident, to show good cause for the license and have good moral character (https://www.sdsheriff.net/licensing/ccw.html). So this law would allow non-CA residents who have not displayed good cause or good moral character to carry concealed weapons in our county. In addition, the bill would allow concealed weapons on federal lands (National Park System, National Wildlife Refuge System, and on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation) and we have plenty of gorgeous federal land in our state (15.2 million acres in CA are under BLM management (https://www.blm.gov/california) and in 2010 47.7% of CA was owned by the federal government (https://www.alec.org/app/uploads/2015/09/2015-Federally-Managed-Lands-State-Factor.pdf)), in our county and in our beloved hamlet (in the VC we have BLM land).
As many of you know, Mr. Hunter does not publicly communicate that much but he has commented on this bill via his twitter feed, in fact his last two tweets reference the bill: from 1/27/17 “it’s been introduced as HR 38 and I’m an original cosponsor” and from 1/30/17 “Yes – the bill will have strong support and good prospects for passage”. Boring tweets, I know, but if it is important enough for him to tweet about it, I think it is something we should respond to.