When you get your driver's license, you can just drive. Across America, no matter which state lines you cross, you know you're licensed to drive. When you're licensed to carry a concealed firearm, however, life is far more complicated. House Republicans took steps today to decrease that complication and expand second amendment protections by voting to make concealed carry permits valid across all state lines.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed 231-198, with six Democrats also voting in favor, Fox News reports.
Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., the bill's sponsor, said:
“For the millions of law-abiding citizens who lawfully carry concealed to protect themselves, for conservatives who want to strengthen our Second Amendment rights, and for the overwhelming majority of Americans who support concealed carry reciprocity, Christmas came early."
Don't celebrate too early, though. This is a big step, but the bill still has a long way to go, and it won't be easy. Brace yourself for some truly stunning hyperbole from those who would restrict your right to bear arms.