The Case For Reciprocity

Across the great expanse of these United States, every citizen can expect to enjoy nearly every American right no matter what state he or she may be in. If you’re a New Yorker visiting Las Vegas, you’ll retain your First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion (you’re probably going to need the latter). If you’re an Oregonian vacationing in Florida, you’ll retain the right to a trial by jury.

If you’re traveling to Tennessee from Arizona and for some incomprehensible reason have taken a detour through South Dakota, you’ll still possess the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by South Dakotan state trooper. Thanks to the incorporative powers of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Bill of Rights is not merely a national-level package but an inter- and intrastate one as well.

There is precisely one right from the Bill of Rights that is not guaranteed for interstate travelers: the right to keep and bear arms.

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  1. You make some valid points. I am concerned though about the federal government determining what rules (how the second amendment will be interpreted) will apply to firearms in all 50 states. For example what if Hillary Clinton and her crew were to be making the decision on how the second amendment should be interpreted for all 50 states. I live in Kansas a gun friendly state. I would not want to be subjected to laws similar to those in California if their understanding of the second amendment was to be applied to all states.

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