National Pistol Permit Reciprocity

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

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.

You may want to wait before re-certify

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

Presentation on Pistol License Recertification

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!