With a simple national reciprocity bill on his desk, President-elect Donald Trump could rescind countless anti-gun measures from across the country in fiercely anti-gun states such as California and New York.
National reciprocity would preempt each state’s own anti-gun laws and allow law abiding gun owners to defend themselves both in their homes and across state lines.
President-elect Donald Trump could end or at least prohibit the enforcement of numerous gun controls in California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey when he assumes office.
He would simply need to sign national reciprocity legislation as soon as it reaches his desk.
Trump has already made his support for national reciprocity clear–he says the concealed carry license of one state should be recognized in every state. And if he were to sign a bill making national reciprocity the law of the land, it would automatically override the limits on concealed carry that exist in states like CA, IL, NY, and NJ, and would allow a concealed permit holder from Oklahoma to legally carry his gun in California for self-defense.
It would allow a concealed permit holder in Wisconsin to carry a gun in Chicago for self-defense–something currently banned by Illinois law–and it would allow a concealed permit from Texas to legally carry a gun in New York for self-defense. Likewise, a concealed carry permit holder from Colorado or Idaho would be able to carry a gun for self-defense in New Jersey.
Seen in this light, national reciprocity would really serve as a preemption law; a law that would bar states from rejecting a license that had been granted federal recognition. It is very similar to the way things work with a driver’s license.
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