H.R. 38 To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a means by which nonresidents of a State whose residents may carry concealed firearms may also do so in the State.
What does H.R. 38 actually do
The full text of the bill is available here H.R. 38. The bill is iintended to make concealed carry permits/licenses usable across state boundaries. If you are fortunate enough to have a pistol permit/concealed carry permit then you are aware that knowing where your permit is valid can be difficult. Entire web sites are dedicated to informing permit holders where it is valid handgunlaw.us.
Some highlights from the bill
It does not establish a federal permit, it relies on existing state permits.
H.R. 38 does not create a federal pistol permit system. The only valid permits are those issued by the states or localities. According to the bill, if a state or locality issues a permit then it must accept as valid another state’s issued permit.
It treats all permits that allow concealed carry as equal
H.R. 38 has no text describing the requirements of a concealed carry permit. It relies on each state’s permit process to determine if someone is eligible.
It does not pre-empt existing state restrictions on where permits are valid
H.R. 38 does not remove a state’s or locality’s ability to restrict where permits are valid. H.R. 38 only gives the permit holder the same abilities as the localities permit holder.
Capital District SCOPE Legislators that support H.R. 38
The bill is being sponsored by 3 congressional representatives with in Capital District SCOPE’s region. John Faso(R) 19, Elise Stefanik(R) 21, Claudia Tenney(R) 22 are listed as co-sponsors on the bill.
Contact your legislators to tell them what you think.
H.R. 38 status
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 or H.R. 38 has been referred to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Brunswick Sportsmen’s Club has postponed a Presentation on New York State’s Pistol Permit Recertification due to the likelihood of inclement weather.
The presentation was to take place on February 13th. A new date has not been set.
On Thursday 2/2/17, the U.S. House passed H.J. Res. 40, a joint resolution to revoke the Social Security gun ban enacted by the Obama administration on December 19. John Faso (R) 19th congressional district and Elise Stefanik (R) 21st congressional district voted to protect Social Security recipients ability to purchase firearms.
Here is the vote totals from the H.J. Res 40
New York State Senator Rob Ortt has introduced a bill that would limit the unSAFE act to downstate NY. Senator Ortt believes if NYC can have different laws for ride sharing and minimum wage then gun control can join that list of differences. An Article by Ben Axelson for NYup.com has more details.
The NRA moved quickly to endorse President Trump’s pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Trump’s Pick of Neil Gorsuch will likely be contentious; However, Gorsuch was confirmed unanimously to his current position in the 10th circuit.
NRA press release on Gorsuch
Although county clerks already have the responsibility to maintain pistol/revolver license records, in January 2017 the New York State Police began sending letters to handgun license holders with directions for submitting the license recertification form that is now required under the UnSAFE Act. For licenses issued before January 15, 2013, the legal deadline to submit the recertification form to the NY State Police is by or before January 31, 2018.
Capital District SCOPE encourages you NOT to submit the form this year (2017) and NOT to submit the information electronically. Wait until January 2018 to submit the paper form by mail. Make a copy to keep, and use certified mail return receipt so that you have proof of your mailing and receipt by the New York State Police.
Why not use the electronic form on the State Police website?
• Submitting the form electronically on the State Police website is an option that helps them to effortlessly compile the “pristine” database that is their goal to create. Since Governor Cuomo and the legislature did not have the people’s best interest at heart when the UnSAFE Act was rammed through and passed in 2013, they do not deserve our clerical assistance in this matter.
Why wait until January 2018?
• Much can happen in the 2017 legislative session and throughout the entire year that could affect this law in one way or another… Time will tell.
• The arrival of hundreds of thousands of forms all at once will overwhelm the office and send a message of coordinated resistance.
• Wait to learn what responses are received by those who respond early.
If, when, and how you submit the form are decisions that each handgun owner has to make. For those considering noncompliance, understand this may result in the loss of all your firearms and possibly a year in jail. Many methods of challenging this unjust and unconstitutional law are being considered. We encourage you to become actively involved in effective Second Amendment organizations to support this effort.
– Capital District SCOPE Board of Directors
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo will present on pistol license recertification requirements…..
Wednesday, March 1st
at Saraspa Rod and Gun Club
170 Porter Corners Rd.
Greenfield Center, 12833
The public is welcome to attend. Thank you to Saraspa Rod & Gun Club for hosting this important event.
Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola & Albany County Clerk Bruce Hidley to speak on pistol license recertification requirements….
Monday, Feb. 13th 7:00 pm
Brunswick Sportsman's Club
78 Brunswick Sportsman's Club Rd. Cropseyville, NY 12052
(Off Route 2, 2.4 miles east of Tamarack)
Thank you to Brunswick Sportsman’s Club for hosting this important event & for inviting Capital District SCOPE members!
The Saratoga gun show is set to return to The Saratoga Springs City Center. The show will return on May 26 – 28 of 2017. The show’s organizers were told in April 2016 that the show would no longer be welcome. However, after Senator Kathy Marchione submitted a petition with 2,000 signatures to The City Center Authority Board – the show will be held this spring.
An article in Saratogian News reports