You read that right. Whether Sacramento likes it or not, California may soon be getting with the program on CCW. And it’s H.R. 38 that will drag this State kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 will mandate that all States recognize concealed carry permits issued by any other State. But here’s the important part: There’s no requirement that the permit be issued by one’s State of residence. A non-resident permit issued by Utah or Arizona, for example, would be valid in California. This is a feature, not a flaw. The bill’s author, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) made sure that the language of the bill would protect the rights of Americans stuck in places like California or New Jersey.
Now, to be fair to the State of my birth, most of California is actually “shall issue”. Most counties here issue CCWs to anyone who qualifies. There are still training requirements, but these counties are not like L.A. County or similarly backward jurisdictions who refuse to issue permits to anyone other than the well heeled and connected. It’s also true that the State sheriffs’ organization here opposed H.R. 38. I’m sure that most are concerned about things like training requirements and visitors’ knowledge of our laws. (Though that latter concern isn’t much of a concern. Our laws and legal traditions on self-defense are actually pretty good; superior to some other States, in fact. I can’t imagine how a visitor from, let’s say, Virginia or Tennessee would run afoul of our laws. We’ve had Castle doctrine and Stand Your Ground as long as we’ve been a State!) However, this State has had years to get its act together and to stop violating the rights of its citizens. Now it’s time for the Federal government to step in to protect us. This is what the 14th Amendment is all about and why Congress has the power to do this. Those concerned about Federalism need to remember that the States do not have the power to violate the rights of the People.