H.R.38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

Here is a letter I wrote to my Representative urging him to support the H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. I encourage you to write your Congressperson. You have my permission to use this letter word-for-word, although I strongly recommend personalizing it for yourself.

Dear Representative,

I am writing to urge your support for H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

The U.S. Bill of Rights secures the right for law-abiding citizens to bear arms. In his majority opinion in Heller v. District of Columbia, Justice Scalia opined that “[the textual elements of the second amendment] guarantee the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.”

In the United States, concealed carry is the most common method for a law abiding citizen to bear arms outside the home. All 50 states (with the exception of Vermont) have some form of permitting process to allow for the lawful carriage of a concealed firearm.

The current state of carrying a concealed firearm throughout the United States is patchy. While many states recognize the permits of other states, some states do not recognize out-of-state permits at all. This results in a very confusing system that is constantly changing with the laws and political climate of each state. No other constitutionally guaranteed right is subject to geographical limitations within the United States. This bill aims to fix this problem.

In the United States, a licensed driver may drive in all 50 states. A concealed carry permit holder, however, may not carry a concealed firearm in all 50 states. It should be mentioned that while the right to bear arms is a constitutionally protected right, driving is considered a privilege and not a right. The right to bear arms should not be treated as a second class right limited by geography.

Thank you,
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