SayUncle asks an important question. Given that we’ll have federal reciprocity before too long, and given that states like New York limit magazine size, what gun would you want for carrying in hostile jurisdictions?
Because the proposed law allows someone to carry any “handgun,” you really don’t have to worry about state law to the contrary. While the law does not define “handgun” the term is defined under the Gun Control Act, so it would presumably follow that definition.
However, the proposed law does not include magazines or ammunition, which is a shame, because the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act’s 2010 amendments allow carry of “ammunition not expressly prohibited by Federal law or subject to the provisions of the National Firearms Act.” I suspect we can probably get that added at a later date, as it was for the LEOSA of 2004.
So to carry in all 50 states, youÂ have to be cognizant that New Jersey law bans carrying hollow point rounds. It is the only state in this country to do so. You’d have to load your magazine with ball or wadcutter ammo to be legal in New Jersey. I think that rounds like Corbon’s Pow’R BallÂ would be legal in New Jersey, so that might be a good option.
Obviously, you’d have to comply with magazine restrictions. I don’t believe there is any state that bans less than ten rounds (New York SAFE Acts 7 round rule was tossed by a federal judge). If I were looking for an “all state legal” carry gun post-National Reciprocity, I’d probably choose a Glock 43 or S&W M&P Shield. Bitter’s SIG 239 would also be a good option.
You’d probably want pretty good concealment, especially if you’re going to be a pioneer. The hostile states will no doubt ignore the law at first, and challenge it in court. You don’t want to be the person rotting in New Jersey state prison while your attorney argues the law is constitutional.