Summer Travels Show the Need for Reciprocity

Summer Travels Show the Need for Reciprocity

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Dear friend,

With Congress out of session and summer winding down, I spent a few days traveling through the Northeast with my family.

We traveled from Virginia up I-95 through Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York City to attend a wedding in Connecticut, and then to the Adirondacks in upstate New York. 

But with each state we went through, besides the heinous traffic, there came different rules and regulations of how I can — or cannot — possess a firearm.

Even though I have a Virginia carry permit, my right to carry is not recognized in most northeastern states.

Unfortunately, this is the situation many gun owners face when they take a family road trip on summer vacations, and it highlights the need for concealed carry reciprocity. 

That’s why GOA made it a priority this year to get cosponsors and whip votes for H.R. 38, which would fix the concealed carry reciprocity mess.

And believe me, when we walk into a congressman’s office, they almost without exception mention that they’ve been hearing from GOA members in their district.

Even though there’s been a lot of resistance among congressional leaders, your hard work is starting to pay off.   

When Congress comes back into session this September, we expect H.R. 38 to move out of committee and to the floor for a vote in the House of Representatives.  

That’s great news for gun owners, but of course the other half of the battle is getting the bill through the Senate and overcoming a Chuck Schumer-led filibuster.

You’ll be hearing a lot more on that subject in future alerts.

Have you heard?

If you’re traveling in the final days of summer, I encourage you to listen to the second episode of GOA’s podcast, “Firing Back.”

In the first episode, GOA’s Erich Pratt and Remso W. Martinez exposed anti-gun hypocrites. That podcast soared to #55 on iTunes News & Politics in just the first twenty-fours. 

In the brand new second episode, Pratt and Martinez discuss the debate of where rights come from and uncover why the gun controllers want to mask the truth.

It’s available on SoundCloud, iTunes, YouTube, or the podcast platform of your choice.  

I hope you’ll check it out as it would make a great educational tool on a family road trip. 

You can also listen below!


John Velleco

Director of Operations
Gun Owners of America
Follow me on Twitter: @Velleco

PS: GOA is able to advance the Second Amendment through our podcast “Firing Back” and other methods because of the generous support of Patriot members. Become a Patriot member today