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14th Amendment gives Congress power to pass concealed carry reciprocity
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The House of Representatives recently passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 with bipartisan support. The act would allow people eligible to carry a concealed firearm in their home state to carry in other states, as well.
Opponents contend the act violates federalism. Actually, the act is well within congressional powers under the 14th Amendment. That amendment was enacted specifically to give Congress the power to act against state infringements of national civil rights.
Section one of the 14th Amendment forbids states to violate civil rights. Section five of the amendment grants Congress "the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article."
|It's not just the 14th Amendment that gives that Power to Congress. Article IV, Section 1 clearly states:
"Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof."
The problem is that the Courts haven't held up their part of "Full Faith and Credit". Why? Maybe because Congress hasn't gotten around to "prescribing the manner" yet.
However, if my State says "yes", and issues the permit, the Constitution says the other States must honor. It doesn't say the others get to wait for Congress to act.