The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act mostly along party lines. With only 6 Democrats supporting the common-sense legislation, the GOP-majority Senate is also expected to pass it.
If signed by President Donald Trump, gun owners with permits would be protected by an overarching federal law. But, gun owners who travel across state lines may want to hold off on the proverbial sigh of relief. Although the federal law “trumps” state law, each state has adopted certain important and unique restrictions. The “where,” “when” and “how” of being armed may be problematic.
In Michigan, for example, any trace of alcohol while carrying can result in a misdemeanor charge. The rules around concealed carry weapons permits are similar to having a driver’s license in terms of “implied consent.” That means law enforcement can require a breathalyzer. Any alcohol at all can mean losing the permit for 1 year. Basically, one beer and a gun is a crime in Michigan. Other states set the bar at .02.
In the wake Sutherland Springs church shooting, many wonder if concealed carry is permissible in houses of worship. Texas, for example, leaves the option up to church officials. It’s okay to carry unless the church posts or announces otherwise. Each state differs.
College campuses are another gray area. States such as Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas and others reportedly allow concealed carry on campuses. States such as Ohio and Wisconsin allow carry in only certain areas. Louisiana, New Mexico and New York reportedly prohibit the practice. In Arizona, Montana, Pennsylvania West Virginia and Alabama, among others, the school may set its own policy. That means it can vary from campus to campus.
There are numerous differences between states about what constitutes lawful concealed carry. Should the federal government put reciprocity on the books, gun owners will still be tasked with knowing state by state nuances.
~ Firearm Daily