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Think Twice About Waiting For National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Legislation

There has been a lot of excitement in the past few weeks about the House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.  Some who are contemplating applying for a concealed carry permit may be waiting for passage in the Senate and signature by the President, with the idea in mind of applying for a non-resident permit in a state that requires applicants to take the shortest and least expensive firearms training course.  These folks would then rely on national reciprocity to enable them to carry in their home jurisdiction.  Many residents of the District of Columbia are likely contemplating precisely that approach, and who could blame them, in view of the substantial amount of time and money required to get qualified for a permit in the District.  However, if that is your approach, you may be waiting for a very long time before you can legally carry concealed.

Get Smart On National Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Read H.R. 38 by clicking here

Read S. 446 by clicking here

The Senate is now split between 52 Republicans, 46 Democrats, and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats.

With only 39 Senators currently signed on as sponsors of the Senate version (S. 446), there is no guarantee that another 12 supporters will be found in the Senate anytime soon.  If you have a genuine safety concern that is motivating you to obtain a concealed carry permit, it would be wise to bite the bullet and press ahead in your home jurisdiction with your application for a permit.  The marginal amount of time and the money you might save by waiting for national reciprocity will not save you from a deadly force attack, but your concealed carry firearm just might.

Get involved, contact your Senator.

Stephen L. Sulzer
Mr. Sulzer has been practicing law in Washington, D.C., for 40 years and has been a partner at some of the city’s most prominent national law firms, including Steptoe & Johnson and, most recently, California-based Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. In fall 2013, Mr. Sulzer broke away from Big Law to found his own law firm, and after much planning and preparation, expanded his practice to encompass firearms-related matters. He is particularly focused on criminal and civil defense work for clients who have had to use firearms in self-defense. He has also expanded into matters involving federal and state firearms regulation, as well as Second Amendment-based litigation. Mr. Sulzer has an AV Preeminent Peer and Judicial Rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell for legal skills and professional ethics. Mr. Sulzer is pleased to have been selected as a referral attorney for both the United States Concealed Carry Association and the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. Mr. Sulzer has developed a two-part training course entitled “The Legal Use of Firearms for Self-Defense in Virginia – When the Defensive Use of Firearms Is Permissible and How to Win the Legal Battle That Will Follow.” For the past five years, Mr. Sulzer has taught the course regularly in northern Virginia at the Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly and Fredericksburg (through Historic Arms Corp.’s Firearms Training Store), at Silver Eagle Group in Ashburn; at Fairfax Rod & Gun Club in Manassas; and at The Gun Dude in Falls Church. The course has received enthusiastic reviews from the northern Virginia shooting community and has become the gold standard for those who carry concealed or rely on firearms for home security and self-defense. Mr. Sulzer is now offering the course live online through the National Firearms Law Institute. He is also developing an online version of the course covering the law of self-defense in several mid-atlantic and southeastern states and will ultimately cover the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Mr. Sulzer has also expanded NFLI’s course offerings with a new course on Virginia’s 2020 gun control legislation and a short course on insurance coverage and other programs available to protect your finances if you are involved in a self-defense incident. Mr. Sulzer has been active in the shooting sports dating back to the mid-1990s, when he began shooting service rifles in competition against the Marine Corps Rifle Teams and the Army Marksmanship Unit. He began his competitive shooting career with the M1A and transitioned to the AR-15 in 2000. He competed in three position “across the course” iron sight matches at distances of 200, 300, and 600 yards, and has also competed at 1,000 yards. When Mr. Sulzer retired from competition in 2005, he was shooting Master level scores. He still shoots handguns (particularly M-1911s) avidly, has held a Virginia Concealed Carry Permit since the late 1990s, and is an NRA-certified pistol instructor.
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