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How Donald Trump Could End Numerous Gun Controls

by AWR Hawkins   15 Nov 2016

President-elect Donald Trump could end or at least prohibit the enforcement of numerous gun controls in California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey when he assumes office.

He would simply need to sign national reciprocity legislation as soon as it reaches his desk.

Trump has already made his support for national reciprocity clear–he says the concealed carry license of one state should be recognized in every state. And if he were to sign a bill making national reciprocity the law of the land, it would automatically override the limits on concealed carry that exist in states like CA, IL, NY, and NJ, and would allow a concealed permit holder from Oklahoma to legally carry his gun in California for self-defense.

It would allow a concealed permit holder in Wisconsin to carry a gun in Chicago for self-defense–something currently banned by Illinois law–and it would allow a concealed permit from Texas to legally carry a gun in New York for self-defense. Likewise, a concealed carry permit holder from Colorado or Idaho would be able to carry a gun for self-defense in New Jersey.

Seen in this light, national reciprocity would really serve as a preemption law; a law that would bar states from rejecting a license that had been granted federal recognition. It is very similar to the way things work with a driver’s license.

Trump first made his support for national reciprocity clear when he released a position paper on his gun policy in September 2015. In that release he wrote:

The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.

National reciprocity in a crucial step toward ensuring Americans with concealed carry permits have the ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights regardless of their geographic location. And it is something which President Trump will be able to accomplish with the swipe of a pen, if the Republican-led Congress simply hunkers down and gets the legislation through to his desk.

From Breitbart

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of “Bullets with AWR Hawkins,” a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

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5 comments

  1. Agreed. The question is….how would LEO’s act protect the individuals right to carry in those states if in fact that state ordered their LEO’s to continue to enforce their state laws regarding their ban on concealed or open carry?

  2. “And if he were to sign a bill making national reciprocity the law of the land, it would automatically override the limits on concealed carry that exist in states like CA, IL, NY, and NJ, and would allow a concealed permit holder from Oklahoma to legally carry his gun in California for self-defense.”

    The US Constitution is not only the “law of the land”, it is the supreme law of this nation that ALL laws must follow (“be in Pursuance thereof”). Basically, through the second Amendment, carry of any type, weapons of any type and as many as one can afford IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. No one who serves as a US President can create a “law of the land”. It is forbidden to all but those who serve within the Senate and House of Representatives (both named in Article 1).

    But as the US President his duties are to PRESERVE, PROTECT, AND DEFEND THE US CONSTITUTION as required by the Oath he must take. All Trump, or any other president has to do is to do their duty that is in writing within the US Constitution.

    Constitution of the United States of America, Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    Richard Henry Lee, 1788, Initiator of the Declaration of Independence, member of the first Senate which passed the Bill of Rights: “Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.”

    George Washington: “It may be laid down, as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that EVERY CITIZEN who enjoys the protection of a free government…, but even of his personal services to the defence of it, and consequently that the Citizens of America (with a few legal and official exceptions) from 18 to 50 Years of Age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform Arms, and so far accustomed to the use of them, that the Total strength of the Country might be called forth at Short Notice on any very interesting Emergency.” (“Sentiments on a Peace Establishment”, letter to Alexander Hamilton; “The Writings of George Washington”) (caps are mine)

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