Those who’ve made the choice to take charge of their well-being until authorities arrive during a criminal attack—by securing a concealed carry permit—face an ever-changing landscape where they may not be honored in certain states, even neighboring ones a few miles away. Worse yet, reciprocity status can change unexpectedly.
Photographers often travel with expensive gear. I do, and I don’t exactly have the kind physique it takes to intimidate an armed robber into backing down—not that anyone does with today’s drug-crazed culprits. I’ve been lucky enough to escape several dangerous criminal confrontations with my life, but all those optics I tote around for assignments make me an attractive target of opportunity (on the bright side, at someone considers me attractive in some way). I now have a carry permit, thankfully haven’t had to use it, and recommend other law-abiding photogs do the same.
The national Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38), which is currently being considered by Congress, would allow those with CCWs to carry in every state in the nation, but it would still require adherence to all applicable regulations in the respective jurisdictions. It’s every bit as sensible as driver’s license privileges not being suspended periodically as you drive cross country. It’s important, and the kind of good common sense legislation that should see a tidal wave of signatures on the White House Petition urging President Donald Trump help pass the measure.
The petition explains in part, “No other group is as law-abiding as concealed handgun permit holders, regardless of which state they are from. Currently over 20 states, such as Virginia, North Carolina, and Arizona, already honor permits from all other states, without issue. H.R. 38 will simply make such recognition uniform across the nation and will save many innocent American lives!”
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is a Big Issue
The issue isn’t a small one, either. There are more than 16.3 million permit holders across the nation and last year that number grew by more than ever before. The odds are pretty good most of them took or have taken a vacation this year, and the confusing reciprocity maze meant booking reservations wasn’t their only homework.
NRA-ILA’s July story explains the positive promise the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act holds. It states, “Though support for national reciprocity and the number of law-abiding gun owners it would impact are both increasing, getting the legislation through Congress requires all of us to make sure our representatives know how important it is.”
You can do that today by visiting the petition website, signing and making your voice heard. It’s fast, free and an eloquent reminder to our legislators that the right to self-defense isn’t suspended at any border.