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Washington, December 6, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) applauds House passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.  The legislation was one of the first he had cosponsored in his career.  The legislation will allow law-abiding citizens from states that allow concealed carry to have their rights recognized nationwide.  

“Too often lawful gun owners become victims of the uncertain gun laws across state borders. Law-abiding citizens should not be punished due to complexities and irregularities in our country's gun laws. I’m proud to support this common sense law, which will help bring clarity to a complex system.”

Representative Budd expressed his support for this legislation on the House floor. See his full remarks here and below.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today in support of Mr. Hudson’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

As things stand, each state currently determines its own concealed carry reciprocity laws. And some states don’t recognize concealed carry permits from other states. This forces lawful gun owners to sometimes surrender their Second Amendment rights when traveling. The current system has created accidental criminals, ruined lives, and punished gun owners simply because they fell victim to complexity and uncertainty in the law.

My colleague's bill addresses this problem by bringing much needed clarity to the system. H.R. 38 is a simple proposal, but a necessary one, and if enacted it will allow lawful owners to carry their firearm into other states that allow concealed carry. This interstate recognition of concealed carry would be similar to a driver’s license.

H.R. 38 would not create national standards for concealed carry or take away a state’s right to govern their own concealed carry laws like some may claim. No, this bill simply uses Congress’s 14th Amendment power to protect people’s constitutional rights from state abuse.

Samuel Adams said quote “The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.” End quote.

This powerful line from Mr. Adams sums up my feelings on this bill much better than I can.

I thank Mr. Hudson for his steadfast leadership on this issue. I urge adoption. And Mr. Speaker, I yield back.

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