Handgun Concealed Carry Reciprocity
By Ron Benjamin
As Chairman of the USP FIREARMS Committee, a retired federal agent and current Firearms Instructor, I would like to advise my take on handgun permit/license reciprocity in the United States.
Where to begin? The U.S. Constitution in Article. IV. states in Section. 1. "Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State." Well, yes and no. Your high school graduation, marriage license, divorce, dog license, or criminal record in your home state is recognized in other states. When we drive across country on Summer vacation, we do not need to get a new driver's license, marriage license or dog license in each state we drive through, but not all states recognize and honor our handgun licenses/carry permits.
A reciprocity map is included with this article. Be advised that laws change and a prudent person will Google "Handgun License Reciprocity" for an informational update and also inquire of the Attorney General of any other state one may carry a CCW into, or through, for clarification of handgun license reciprocity.
During my law enforcement career, I was never concerned with guns in the hands of honest citizens. I had full employment with guns in the hands of criminals, who could not qualify for a CCW Permit due to their criminal records.
Several times our friends in Congress got very close to enacting a National CCW Reciprocity Law. I am baffled that some congresspersons cannot understand that all the criminals, who wish to carry guns illegally, do so without permits/licenses. Perhaps they need to read Article IV of the U.S. Constitution and be guided accordingly.