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19 Mar '17

Constitutional Carry vs. National Reciprocity - Do you know the difference?

Constitutional Carry vs. National Reciprocity

We have had a number of people on the Detroit Arms Facebook page stating that our new President, Donald Trump, is going to immediately sign into law new legislation authorizing concealed carry in all 50 states without a permit, making the need for a Michigan Concealed Pistol License obsolete.

While dreams are nice to have, let’s just reel things back a bit and understand the difference between Constitutional Carry and National Reciprocity and what President Trump spoke about on the campaign trail.

Constitutional Carry already exists in 12 states in our nation. This means that, if you are a resident of their state, and you meet the requirements outlined for ownership of a firearm, that you may carry one without having to obtain a special permit. It does not apply to non-residents; there are often restrictions on areas where concealed carry is still prohibited. As a non-resident visiting a Constitutional Carry state, you would still need to possess a Concealed Carry Permit from a state where they have reciprocity in order to carry concealed in their state.  Other carry restrictions may also apply, depending on the state.

President Donald Trump discussed NATIONAL RECIPROCITY on the campaign trail. There’s a distinct difference between National Reciprocity and Constitutional Carry.

His exact words were: “I have a concealed-carry permit that allows me to carry a concealed weapon. I took the time and the effort to get that permit because the constitutional right to defend yourself doesn't stop at the end of your driveway. That doesn't apply just to me either. It applies to all our driveways or front doors.

That's why I'm very much in favor of making all concealed-carry permits valid in every state. Every state has its own driving test that residents have to pass before becoming licensed to drive. Those tests are different in many states, but once a state licenses you to drive, every other state recognizes that license as valid.

If we can do that for driving--which is a privilege, not a right--then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege. That seems logical to me.” 

Currently, states pick and choose whether or not to offer reciprocity – or honor – concealed pistol licenses issued by other states. The reason for this is that each state has different criteria for what constitutes someone as eligible for a carry license in their state.

Some states require little or no training, which is of concern to states that set strict guidelines for their residents for the training required in order to carry in their state. Currently there is no state issued concealed carry permit that covers all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

National reciprocity will act to streamline the licensing process with the goal of treating Concealed Pistol Licenses much like Drivers Licenses.

Anyone with a concealed weapons license in their home state will also able to legally carry in any other that allows any kind of concealed carry — which is all 50 of them.

So, there you have it folks – the realization that a magic bullet is not forthcoming, and that perhaps going through the process of obtaining your Michigan Concealed Pistol License is still something you should do.

Besides, training is always a good thing – knowing what to do and how to do it is important in any situation. There are laws that must be followed in any use of a firearm, in addition to concealed carry rules, and ignorance of the law is no excuse.

Now, where are my students? Register for your class today at www.DetroitArms.com - use coupon code: GUNS when you do and you’ll get a special “thank you” for having taken the time to read this article! PEACE!!