West Bend, WI – The U.S. Concealed Carry Association, which is the country’s largest, fastest-growing self-defense association dedicated to responsible gun owners, released the statement below today regarding the introduction of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Sponsored by U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), this important legislation allows law-abiding Americans to protect themselves and their families at all times by ensuring that a concealed carry permit in one state is recognized in other states that allow residents to carry.
“We applaud Congressman Hudson (R-NC) for continuing to stand up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners. This long-overdue legislation would represent a step in the right direction towards modernizing America’s concealed carry laws to ensure responsible gun owners can avoid danger and save lives,” said Tim Schmidt, President and Co-Founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association. “The USCCA remains committed to getting national concealed carry reciprocity signed into law.”
To date, more than 350,000 Americans have signed a petition sponsored by the USCCA, urging their Representatives in Washington to prioritize and help pass national reciprocity. Across the country we have seen broad support for fewer restrictions on law abiding gun owners. A new poll released by the Associated Press proves Americans’ support for onerous gun restrictions has weakened.
Schmidt noted today that House Republican leaders promised last year that pro-2A bills like national concealed carry reciprocity would be made a priority if Republicans won back control of Congress and said USCCA members are expecting them to carry through on that promise. “After years of policies that targeted law-abiding gun owners rather than prioritized public safety, it is our expectation, and the expectation of our 700,000 members, that Congress will finally move this important policy forward. The need for national concealed carry reciprocity is critically important,” Schmidt concluded.
In 2022, the trend of record-high gun sales continued as 31.5 million background checks for firearm purchases were recorded. As sales skyrocketed, so did the demand for firearm safety and training courses. The USCCA now has over 700,000 paying members and has experienced exponential growth in education and training over the last year, with about 10,000 instructors across the country.
About the USCCA. The US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is an association of responsible, armed Americans whose members get exceptional self-defense education, lifesaving training, and self-defense liability insurance, preparing them for the before, during and after of a lawful act of self-defense. The USCCA is the largest, fastest-growing self-defense association dedicated to responsible gun owners.”