The future of concealed carry should gain a measure of simplicity under President-elect Donald Trump.
In late November, Trump went on the record to state that “Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own.”
Aside from the ownership aspect, though, is the consideration for concealed carry of said guns. Primarily when crossing state lines. Currently, there’s no set standard for “reciprocity”. That is, having state A recognize the CC license issued by state B. Cross country trips, vacations, business meetings and more require careful planning if you want to avoid penalties, fines or jail for not having appropriate licensure. The difference on a state by state basis is vast. Many government officials are opponents of any reciprocity law by the way.
One such person is Virginia’s Attorney General, Democrat Mark Herring, who has tried to clamp down on concealed carry reciprocity. He briefly cancelled agreements with other states last December before being overruled by a deal between Governor Terry McAuliffe, also a Democrat, and Republican state legislators. Herring’s move prompted a scramble for Utah permits by Virginia concealed carriers who wanted to insure they could travel around the country while armed, regardless of how their home state’s policy may change. Utah is one of three states — the other two are Florida and Arizona — seen as the best option for gun owners who are looking for a widely accepted permit that is easy to obtain. Each allows their holder to carry concealed in 31 total states, though the list varies by state.
Though his policy has been reversed, Herring’s office maintains its criticisms of reciprocity. “When reciprocity is compelled,” says Herring’s spokesman Michael Kelly, “a state is forced to accept standards weaker than those that the people of a state have chosen for themselves.”
With that perspective in mind, Trump’s vision is for that of a unified set of standards that would apply across all states. It’s important to remember, however, that the President of the United States does not have the authority to unilaterally decide long term policy. He governs it. It’s the job of the legislative branch to propose acts and measures which help concealed carriers. The PotUS DOES have authority to make key changes in gun policy though. This would include allowing concealed carry on military or DoD property. It could also include making sweeping changes to the broken National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
While there’s still debate around what can or will actually get accomplished, the future of concealed carry under the Trump administration should expand the rights of law abiding, carrying citizens. As always, make sure and be aware of your states current laws when practicing your right to carry. You can also purchase a customized concealed carry IWB holster made just for your personal firearm here…