House passes legislation extending concealed carry privilege across state lines

House passes legislation extending concealed carry privilege across state lines

House passes legislation extending concealed carry privilege across state lines

"We now call on the Senate to take up and pass this critical legislation", Cox concluded. "This proposed bill creates a real risk to public safety".

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow any individual with a concealed carry permit to carry their firearm in any other state that allows concealed carry. "This bill, will allow a law-abiding citizen to carry concealed gun only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm".

The House vote comes in the aftermath of a recent wave of deadly mass shootings across the nation. "Taking that authority away from those most qualified to make that determination is irresponsible and risky", he said.

John Rosenthal, co-founder of Stop Handgun Violence, a leading gun control group in MA, which issued the statement Wednesday, noted that the bill is being brought forward after the horrific massacres at a concert in Las Vegas and at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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The National Rifle Association would especially like to thank Rep. Richard Hudson, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise for their extraordinary efforts to pass this important legislation.

The votes fell largely along partisan lines with most Democrats voting against the bill and Republicans voting in favor, although six Democrats voted in favor of the bill while 14 Republicans voted against it.

Two New Jersey Republicans- Chris Smith of the 4th District and Leonard Lance of the 7th District-voted against the bill.

"This bill ensures that all law-abiding citizens in our great country can protect themselves in the manner they see fit without accidentally running afoul of the law".

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Congressman Jim Banks released the following statement after voting for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act: "Protecting the constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights of Hoosiers is one of my top legislative priorities".

She said this even though it is a fact that concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding of law-abiding Americans.

"Several years after being shot in the head, I've learned a lot - how to walk again, how to talk again, and how to start each day ready to change the world, " she said in a statement.

"After two of our nation's worst mass shootings, Congress took direct instruction from the gun lobby and passed a bill that will override existing state laws and allow unsafe, untrained people to carry guns in every state and every city".

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Material from Globe wire services was used in this report.

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