HR 38 : Federally Mandated Concealed Carry

Position: Oppose Status: In the House Judiciary; Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

Concealed handgun license (CHL) holders who are non-residents of a state are granted the privilege of carrying a hidden, loaded gun in a state even if the person does not meet the other state's standards.
Introduced by Rep. Hudson (R-NC8)


197 cosponsors, 194 R; 3 D

  • National forced concealed carry ignores the rights of states.
  • Concealed handgun licenses (CHL) are not like drivers licenses.
    • U.S. drivers licenses have a minimum standard of training and education required. CHLs do not.
    • For example, Oregon CHL applicants are not required by law to even touch a gun, let alone show marksmanship proficiency, undergo live-fire training, practice active shooter training, or take a simple conflict de-escalation course. Even Texas has higher requirements than Oregon does.
    • Reciprocity endangers us all just to save some paperwork for a few.
  • Some states, like Oregon, grant the privilege of carrying a loaded, concealed firearm only to residents of that state.
    • These states do not allow people with concealed handgun licenses (CHLs) in other states to carry concealed guns in Oregon. The states have a right to determine this for themselves. This concept is called states’ rights.
    • Other states practice reciprocity meaning that State A will accept CHLs from State B if State B accepts CHLs from State A.
    • Requirements for CHLs (sometimes called “concealed carry” or “permit to carry”) differ widely from state to state.
    • The actual licenses for CHLs also differ widely, making police work even more difficult and dangerous.
  • Senate companion bill is S 446.