The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act cleared the House with a 231-198 vote, including a vote in favor cast by Montana’s lone congressman, Rep. Greg Gianforte, who is also one of the bill’s 213 co-sponsors.
Advocates for concealed-carry reciprocity say the concept is popular with gun owners because state laws vary greatly, leaving firearm owners to navigate a convoluted and disorganized process.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which has 210 Republican cosponsors and just three Democratic cosponsors, is the first weapons-related bill taken up since shootings in Las Vegas and at a Texas church.
Right now, there are three options for permits in states: may-issue states, which let local authorities decide who can have the permits; shall-issue states, which give permits to all who apply and pass background checks; or, in some states, no permit is required at all-like Wyoming, Kansas, Alaska, Vermont and West Virginia.
“Why should the United States of America be the only rich country in the world that can not protect our families from gun violence?”
Opponents, mostly Democrats, said the bill could endanger public safety by overriding state laws that place strict limits on guns.
Gun rights activists cheered the bill’s passage while gun control proponents decried it. “The inflow of weapons that could then be carried around secretly would threaten law and order”. For starters, there’s disagreement with having the Fix NICS and concealed carry provision in the same bill.
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But she said Republicans were catering to the gun lobby by including the measure in a “horrible bill” on concealed-carry permits.
Pelosi and other Democrats criticized Republicans for combining a bill on background checks with the concealed-carry measure. He has “some concerns” with the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
In the wake of a deadly shooting in Boston, the city’s top cop said a bill passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday is “ridiculous”.
NRA spokesperson Catherine Mortensen called the bill “the most expansive piece of self-defense legislation to ever garner a vote in the United States Congress”. “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. It eliminates the confusing patchwork of state laws that have ensnared otherwise law-abiding gun owners, and have forced law enforcement to waste their precious time and resources enforcing laws that don’t do anything to reduce violent crime.
The House passed a bill Wednesday that will allow concealed carry weapon permit holders to hide their weapon in any other states. “Some states incredibly enough allow felons and domestic violence offenders to carry”.
Leaders with the advocacy organization Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said they will hold those who supported the bill accountable.
Evans said he plans to contact legislators and hopes that the Senate will not pass the same bill.
“Domestic violence victims often flee to other states”, Lindsay Nichols, federal policy director at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, told HuffPost earlier this week. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The @NRA pretends it’s like driver’s licenses.
The fact that the bill isn’t expected to move in the Senate is not much reassurance for many advocates who want Congress to focus on actual gun violence prevention efforts.
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