Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 38, the "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act," to enable those properly authorized to carry a concealed firearm in their state to also carry that concealed firearm in any state that offers concealed carry privileges. The measure reaffirms the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, while satisfying the concerns of many conservative Members of Congress that it could supersede or limit the Tenth Amendment rights of any state to permit private persons or entities to prohibit or restrict the possession of concealed firearms on their property. U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07), who is among those conservatives who have that concern, supported the bill, and applauded its protections of both the Second and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution.
"Today in the House, we passed H.R. 38, the "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act,' which I was glad to see address not only the reciprocity issue among states across the country, but also many of the Tenth Amendment considerations regarding the protection of states' sovereignty. The Second and Tenth Amendments to our Constitution are both integral parts of our Republic, and any legislation addressing one should be mindful of the other. I have long had Tenth Amendment concerns about bills such as H.R. 38, but with the advocacy of Georgia's chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Chris Carr, for the bill as one that protects Georgia as a state and Georgians as citizens, I cast a yes vote on the consensus language in H.R. 38."
Beyond the support of H.R. 38 on Capitol Hill, the measure has garnered broad support from state and local leaders across the country, including Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, who joined 23 state attorneys general in urging Congress to approve the legislation passed by the House today and affirming that the new legislation would not infringe upon the State of Georgia's right to govern themselves.
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee.