While many anguished urban dwellers have yet to come to terms with a Donald Trump presidency, GOC knows exactly what this could mean for every CCW holder in the nation. Whether you live in open carry state of Alaska or North Dakota – or a zero carry state like Illinois or California – conversations about “national reciprocity” for concealed carry will actually see the light of day.
After eight years of being stiff-armed on the 2nd Amendment by President Obama, one thing is abundantly clear: Trump’s position is robust and unapologetic, which feels like a cool ocean breeze after being in a locker room of sweaty high school boys. The repudiation of Obama’s faint-of-heart administration was a long time coming.
Trump’s words are plain-spoken and direct:
“The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. 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.”
Can we get an AMEN?
Trump’s perspective aligns completely with the congressional push by our national partner (Gun Owners of America – GOA) to make concealed carry permits from any state valid in all 50, similar to how driver’s licenses are handled. This would upend the current scenario which is confusing and unclear, because a concealed carry license from Kentucky is valid in Indiana, but not in California – or similarly, a license from Texas is valid in Idaho, but not in Oregon or Washington state. GOA is more eager than ever to move forward with HR 923, which protects “permitless” carry provisions by ensuring that a “legally carrying resident” from a permitless carry state may also carry without one while traveling elsewhere. It also supports Constitutional Carry states, so that it recognizes permits or the right of citizens from the 12 pro-gun states that have permitless carry.
For those of us in California who have been dumped on by an endless river of legislative garbage, this is good news for us. The election of Trump has infused new life into an issue that has been lain dormant for far too long, and although the vast majority of California voters said “I’m With Her,” it sure feels good that as gun owners, we will reap benefits of the nation’s decision.