Concealed carry reciprocity bill passes House

Concealed carry reciprocity bill passes House

Concealed carry reciprocity bill passes House

The bill passed mostly along party lines, 231-198, with six Democrats supporting it. He called it a cynical maneuver to force Democrats to cast a politically unpopular vote against background checks.

"Our 2nd Amendment rights don't disappear when we cross state lines", said Stefanik in a statement.

"The truth is that concealed carry laws save lives", said Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican. "I don't think that right should be undermined simply because I travel to another state".

"'Concealed carry reciprocity' is a poison pill, and Congress should listen to the American people and reject it".

The NRA had fiercely lobbied for its passing.

"This is a historic day for law-abiding gun owners and an affirmation that our constitutional right to keep and bear arms does not end when we leave our home state", said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

"The Bill of Rights is not a philosophical exercise", Georgia Representative Doug Collins, who personally had a concealed carry permit for what described as self-defence reasons.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said those who carry concealed handguns not only are better prepared to defend themselves, but can help others. Hudson said, [National reciprocity] won't increase crime. It would make concealed carry permits valid across state lines.

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A woman who survived the Las Vegas shooting said she remained next to one of the victims as he died, even though she had never met him. It is the first gun bill to receive a vote in Congress since a shooter mowed down concert-goers in Las Vegas and another opened fire at a Texas church.

The House-approved bill retains private individual, state or local government ability to restrict the possession of concealed firearms on certain property.

"Thoughts & prayers alone will not prevent the next horrific tragedy".

Authorities in NY and Los Angeles, as well as activists in Morristown and across New Jersey, contend the measure will increase risks for police and make it easy for gun owners from places with lax gun laws, like West Virginia, to secretly tote weapons here, where restrictions are stricter. "This is not the kind of leadership our nation deserves", Giffords tweeted at Republican Rep. Darrell Issa in just one of almost 40 responses she had sent out. According to the Congressional Research Service, "This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms".

"Instead of focusing on working to craft commonsense gun reform such as the banning of unsafe bump-stocks, Congressional Republicans continue to cater to the whims of the gun lobby at the expense of the safety of our people". The shooter responsible for killing 58 people and injuring almost 500 more attending a Las Vegas concert in October used bump stocks to direct large amounts of ammunition on the crowd, and members from both parties have called for ban on them. Two months after two of the deadliest shootings in US history, Republicans were "brazenly moving to hand the NRA the biggest item on its Christmas wish list", said Pelosi, D-Calif.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the number two Senate GOP Leader, said on Monday that merging the gun bills complicated the path forward in the Senate and suggested splitting off the background check fix. "CT remains a prime example of what applying smart, bipartisan gun reform can accomplish, and we hope that Congress will follow suit", Malloy said in a statement on Wednesday.

Although Republicans are attaching a modest background check measure to the bill, the package would have the cumulative effect of making it legal for people to carry concealed weapons in more places.

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