House GOP passes concealed carry reciprocity law

07 December, 2017, 07:58 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • NRA May See Major Legislative Win With Concealed Carry Bill

The House on Wednesday passed a bill that would enable gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines. 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. "It's unspeakable that this is Congress' response to the worst gun tragedies in American history".

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. "But the person must be eligible to possess a firearm under federal law in the first place, meaning that they are not a felon, dangerously mentally ill, a domestic abuser or have any other disqualifying factors for legally carrying a firearm".

Advocates of the bill argue states require different amounts of driver's education, but anyone can use any road across the U.S.

"His death mattered, and I wanted him to be remembered", Gooze told the Senate Judiciary Committee. Fletcher had an N.C. concealed carry permit, but was arrested on felony gun possession charges because his permit wasn't recognized there.

"Without this citizen's quick thinking and actions, who knows how many could have fallen victim to this shooter?"

"Ten states refuse to recognize any out-of-state concealed carry permits, and many more refuse to recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits unless certain conditions are met", the letter read.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., scoffed at that notion.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said the United States has had more than 300 mass shootings in 2017. For starters, there's disagreement with having the Fix NICS and concealed carry provision in the same bill. The measure would strengthen the Federal Bureau of Investigation database of prohibited gun buyers after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) supports the concealed carry measure, but told AP, "I think it's a mistake to try to combine this with the "Fix NICS" background check". The Air Force has discovered several dozen other such reporting omissions since the November 5 shooting.

"This bill passed today in the House would allow a criminal who bought a gun without a background check in Florida to carry that gun, concealed under his clothing, into Times Square". He called it a cynical maneuver to force Democrats to cast a politically unpopular vote against background checks. The review comes after the Las Vegas gunman used the so-called "bump stock" devices during the deadly October rampage. 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. One would fill in holes in the National Criminal Instant Background Check system (NCIS) that were highlighted after a mass shooting at a Texas church last month, in which the gunman, a former Air Force member, was able to buy guns even though he had a criminal record that the military failed to report to the database.

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