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On August 21, 2018

Bell Ringer: Full Faith and Credit

Interstate Concealed Carry Bill

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) talked about the full faith and credit clause in relation to the interstate concealed carry laws.


Article IV, Section. 1 of the United States Constitution provides that "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." Consequently, an Illinois birth certificate could be used to enroll a kindergartener in a Virginia school and a Californian with a valid driver's license could drive a car in Massachusetts. In recent years, this clause has been raised in public policy debates about same-sex marriage and concealed weapons permits.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What is Congressman Hudson's position on the full faith and credit clause as it applies to concealed-carry permits? Do you agree with this position? Why or why not?
  • What does Professor Arkes mean when he asserts that "we're in a position where one state could indirectly nationalize same-sex marriage for the whole country"?
  • Explain the the conflict between state's rights and the full faith and credit clause referenced by Congressman Hudson.
  • AP Gov Students- Questions to Consider: How does full faith and credit connect to federalism? What positions would you expect candidates from each political party take on the two issues?



    • Concealed Carry Reciprocity
    • Constitution
    • Defense Of Marriage Act (doma)
    • Federalism
    • Full Faith And Credit


    AP U.S. Government Key TermsCivil Rights & Civil LibertiesFederalism and State IssuesGun Rights & Firearm LegislationSupreme Court Cases


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