Saturday, December 17, 2016

Another Reciprocity Claim Conservatives Should Make

Rafael A.  Mangual, writing in National Review today, notes that there is an Other Reciprocity Argument that Conservatives Should Make. That other argument is that...well, I'll let Mangual tell it:
It seems likely that Trump’s victory, coupled with the Republican majority in Congress, may soon bear fruit for many gun owners. Though the president-elect is more than a month away from taking office, reports are already circulating about legislation drafted by Representative Richard Hudson (R., N.C.) to require national reciprocity for concealed-carry permit holders — an idea Trump endorsed on the campaign trail. The bill would pave the way for concealed carriers licensed in one state to have their licenses recognized by other states that allow concealed carry. However, the Constitution may actually already require national reciprocity for the more basic right to keep a gun in the home — not because of the Second Amendment, but because of the constitutional right to travel.
The emphasis was not in the original, but was added by me.

Its a good point, and one I would like to see formally recognized.  Mangual claims to have had to give up his right to a gun in the home when he became a resident of New York. He formerly lived in Illinois, where he legally bought a gun for home defense.  But when he took the job in New York, New York law apparently prevented him from keeping his gun in his home.  

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