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Concealed Carry Reciprocity: Understanding the Nitty-Gritty of Federal & State-Level Laws

Let’s cut through the bull, partner, and dive straight in. We are here to break down the nitty-gritty of “concealed carry reciprocity.” We’ll make sure you saddle up with the latest federal laws, state-level laws, and what all this gun-toting terminology really means.

At the moment, there is an absurd patchwork of state-level laws covering the right to carry a concealed weapon, and responsible gun owners often accidentally commit crimes by traveling across state lines with their concealed weapon.

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What’s The Rundown on Concealed Carry Reciprocity?

I bet you’re sitting there, wondering ‘Hey, what the hell is concealed carry reciprocity anyway?’ Basically, it’s all about how states recognize the permits issued by others. Let’s paint a clear picture for you.

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Say you’re a Texan. At home, you’ve got the right to strut around with a concealed handgun. But suppose you set foot in Maryland. Here, the laws are tighter than a rattlesnake’s grip. Without Maryland’s recognition of Texas’s permits (reciprocity), you could be in deep doo-doo. That’s what we’re talking about here, concealed carry reciprocity.

Federal Law News – The Law of the Land

The federal law has been clear as mud about concealed carry. But U.S. Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 44, provides some insight.

However, the bill titled “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” promised to change the game. It had passed the House but got served roadkill in the Senate, meaning as of now, no single, unifying federal law governs concealed carry reciprocity.

If it passed, it’d mean any person with a concealed carry permit or residing from a permit-less state could sling a hidden weapon in any state that allows concealed carry. But, it hasn’t. For now, the law of the land is more like the law of the specific land you’re standing on.

State-Level Concealed Carry Reciprocity Laws – It’s a Twisted Trail

State laws vary more than the grains on a sand dune and the key thing here is to know your geography. It’s a state’s prerogative whether to accept out-of-state concealed carry permits. Essentially we’ve got three types of states:

Shall-Issue States 
These states are obliged to give out concealed carry permits as long as you meet the state’s criteria, but reciprocity varies.

May-Issue States 
These states have an extra layer of red tape. They “may” issue a permit if you meet their criteria plus a “good reason” for concealed carry.

No-Issue/Restricted States 
These states have the tightest britches. Good luck getting a permit unless you’re law enforcement.

The Case For Federal Concealed Carry Reciprocity Legislation

The problem is that concealed carry reciprocity is a classic example of the application of Federal power on individual States, something which I normally oppose.

Historically, the power of our home states were what protected us against the normally anti-gun Federal government. This was especially true during the Obama years. As a liberal conservative, I therefore found myself arguing strongly, for many years, that the rights of my own State should not be overrun by the Fed.

On the other side, the debate over the bill has exposed a strange paradox in the position of the ideological left: while they remain committed to the big state, and to ridiculous levels of Federal oversight, in this particular area they hypocritically recognize States’ rights.

It seems, therefore, that the bill has inverted the normal positions of right and left on the balance of power between government and States. You may have your own feelings about this, of course, but I would say that as pragmatic conservatives, we should be flexible: it is no hypocrisy to say that, in this particular issue, the House needs to act to protect our freedoms.


Here are some of the most common questions about Concealed Carry Reciprocity:

What does Concealed Carry Reciprocity Mean?

Concealed Carry Reciprocity refers to an agreement between states that acknowledge and respect the legality of concealed carry licenses from other states. Basically, if your concealed carry permit is issued in State A, and State A has a reciprocity agreement with State B, you are allowed to concealed carry in State B without any issues, adhering to State B’s laws.

How Can I Find out which States Have Reciprocity with Mine?

Many states’ official websites have maps and lists of their reciprocal states, detailing their concealed carry agreement. Websites like the United States Concealed Carry Association also provide up-to-date maps of reciprocity across the country. However, never make assumptions and always double-check this information with a reliable source.

Does a Permit from One State Automatically Mean I Can Carry in All States?

No, not necessarily. Different states have differing gun laws and standards of reciprocity. Some states do not accept any out-of-state concealed carry permits, while others may only accept permits from a select few. It’s crucial to understand and respect these laws when traveling with a concealed carry firearm.

Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm on Federal Property or National Parks?

Federal law prohibits firearms on certain federal property, such as military installations and government buildings. However, as of February 22, 2010, it is legal to carry a firearm for self-defense purposes in national parks and wildlife refuges as long as you comply with the firearm laws of the state in which the park or refuge is located. Check here for all the latest news. 

What Happens if I Carry in a non-Reciprocal State?

Carrying a concealed weapon in a non-reciprocal state can land you in legal trouble – often resulting in fines, arrest, and potential loss of your weapon. It’s essential to stay updated on the concealed carry laws of each state you intend to travel to or through, for your safety and legal protection.

So, What’s The Bottom Line on Concealed Carry Reciprocity?

It’s the wild west out there. Well, more like a stark, confusing mosaic of laws where one misstep can land you in a world of hurt. Whether we see changes on a federal level is about as predictable as a bull in a China shop. But the key takeaway here for you, gunslinger, is knowing your turf. Understand the laws of your home state and the states you plan to traipse through.

Summing it all up: It’s a twisted trail of a myriad concealed carry reciprocity laws, with each state playing by its drumroll. As of today, no blanket federal law is governing everything subtly. So, be in the know, get the legit info, and keep yourselves updated. After all, staying on the right side of the law is what counts, and comprehension here is the name of the game.

In this gun-slinging world of ours, knowledge is power, folks. And we’re here to give you that power straight, no chaser. Remember, the right to carry doesn’t mean freedom from responsibility. So keep your iron holstered, learn your laws, and stay safe out there.

End of the day, concealed carry reciprocity ain’t rocket science; it’s all about being aware, understanding the nuances, and playing it smart. Until the next time round, keep a sharp eye and stick with us for more gun-law wisdom.

Will Ellis

Hi there, I’m Will and I’ll be your guide. Here at Gun News Daily, we support guns for self defense and competitive shooting. We believe that America should be free and support the 2nd Amendment.

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