“It Should Never Be A Crime To Be Responsibly Prepared To Defend Yourself”
WEST BEND, WI – USCCA President and Founder Tim Schmidt said today that he appreciates the strong support by President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress for concealed carry reciprocity legislation and that it’s a reminder this critical issue is on essentially on the ballot in November. In an interview over the weekend, President Trump reiterated that he would sign national reciprocity legislation for concealed carry if it reaches his desk.
“It should never be a crime to be responsibly prepared to defend yourself and your family in any possible situation. Responsible gun owners take self defense seriously, and these individuals have already proven that they are willing to comply with the law, by fulfilling all of the requirements associated with getting a concealed carry permit. As President Trump and others have noted, a driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. It’s time for there to be national reciprocity for concealed carry permits, instead of the patchwork of laws governing reciprocity that vary by state that put law-abiding Americans at great risk,” Schmidt said today.
The USCCA recently hosted an online discussion with Congressman and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) about the importance of passing concealed carry reciprocity legislation which is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) in the House and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) in the Senate. Scalise noted that he’s a co-sponsor of the House legislation and it’s supported by President Trump but it’s unfortunately been blocked by Democrats in the House and Senate. “If you’re in one state and you have a concealed carry permit from another state, there ought to be reciprocity and I would like to see it pass,” Congressman Scalise stated. “You can see the people who have concealed carry permits are by and large much more law-abiding, understand how to handle guns and keep themselves and those around them safer…I wouldn’t be alive today if there weren’t people with guns ready to confront the shooter who was trying to kill me.”
USCCA was also featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes on a segment about the effort in Congress to pass reciprocity for concealed carry licenses. In an interview, Schmidt noted, “[T]he aim of this bill is to simply allow responsibly armed Americans to be able to travel and continue to defend their families.”
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