Today in the United States, if you have a driver’s license in Florida you can drive to California – and all the states in-between – legally. But if you have a concealed carry permit (CCW) for your pistol you could not keep your firearm handy because Kalifornia does not recognize permits issued by other states.
There is a confusing patchwork of handgun laws in the United States. Last year, when I drove to Wyoming and back I ran into these differing rules. The NRA has a great map of the U.S. showing all the differing rules and regulations.
In Kalifornia, my handguns needed to be unloaded and in the trunk of my car. In Nevada a loaded handgun can be carried unconcealed. When I drove into Utah I could legally carry my handgun on my hip, unconcealed, but only if there was no round in the chamber of my semi-automatic pistol (a revolver needed to have two empty chambers to be legal). When I got to Wyoming and Idaho, I could legally carry an unconcealed, loaded handgun on my hip but when I returned to Kalifornia everything had to again be stashed in my trunk.
Had I not done careful research before leaving on my trip I could have unintentionally broken the law and been arrested.
As with all gun laws, criminals will never follow them so only the law abiding citizen will be penalized.
The crazy thing about applying for a concealed carry permit in Kalifornia is that you can obtain one depending upon where you live. The sheriff of each county has to approve a CCW application. Ironically, those of us who live in the highest crime counties (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and San Diego) have zero chance of ever getting a permit. But if I lived in a smaller rural county I could get a permit and carry it throughout the state.
Insane to think someone in Ukiah County would be “more eligible” than someone in San Francisco County just because of where they live.
The U.S. House of Representatives is again considering a bill which would force states to recognize a person’s concealed carry permit lawfully issued in one state in another state.
Liberals and anti-Bill of Rights groups are outraged (again). The bill is being sponsored by Representatives Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., and Heath Shuler, D-N.C.
This bill, should it become law, will help bring common sense back to protecting one’s self from harm though it will likely fail to make it all the way to President Obama’s desk. Even if it did make it to the White House, Obama would veto it because he is anti-2nd Amendment.
Imagine if you drove from Maryland to Virginia and all of the sudden your driver’s license, automotive and health insurance, and credit cards didn’t work because you had left your home state and entered a different one. Would people stand for that? Would this situation even make any sense?
Why should the situation be any different for a legally issued firearm permit?
Would a triple murderer on the run from the law not carry his handgun concealed because he’d be breaking the law?