Archive for April, 2012:

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 6 in a 9 Part Series

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 6 in a 9 Part Series: How To Research and Determine a Foreign State’s Law Carrying a handgun in another state by reciprocity is a big responsibility. The old adage, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”, is really true. While a judge or jury may ultimately apply the law in such a way that you will not be convicted for a technical violation, given you may not have the mens rea or criminal intent, you should not assume this. Moreover, this would likely occur only after an expensive and gut-wrenching trial in a state where you do not live. This should Read More >>

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 5 in a 9 Part Series

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 5 in a 9 Part Series: Common Areas and/or Events in States Where a License May Not Be Valid For Carry In Part 4, I touched upon a key point that every person who carries a handgun with a license to carry in his or her own state, or in a reciprocal state, must understand to avoid continual violations of penal law and risk of arrest and prosecution: A license to carry a handgun is not a blanket right to carry throughout (anywhere in) the state. There are numerous places that always except licensees (such as federal buildings, as the federal government Read More >>

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 4 in a 9 Part Series

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 4 in a 9 Part Series: Trouble Sports and/or Myths Relating To Reciprocal Carry In Part 4 of this blog series on reciprocity, I analyze 5 trouble spots and/or myths pervasive with reciprocal carry. I find even highly knowledgeable people in reciprocity harbor incorrect legal notions. Reciprocal State’s Law. A (troubling) discussion I have had several times over the years concerns following a reciprocal state’s laws in all regards and aspects when carrying in that foreign state, state “Y”. As the flawed logic seems to go, my state, state Read More >>

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 3 of a 9 Part Series

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 3 of a 9 Part Series: Resident and Non-Resident Licenses (To Carry a Handgun) Reciprocity is academic consideration if you do not have a license to carry issued by your state or your license is not recognized in the foreign state in which you intend or need to carry a handgun. This is the third installment of my blog and covers material familiar to many readers, resident and non-resident licenses. A. Resident Licenses, “Shall Issue” or “May Issue”. Many states (probably because it is a revenue source) require residents to have their own Read More >>