Congressman votes in favor of Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2017

It's time for our federal government to secure the Constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to hide carry across state lines.

But she said Republicans were catering to the gun lobby by including the measure in a "horrible bill" on concealed-carry permits. Currently, each state has its own set of rules and permits, some stronger than others. This is no different than the way a driver's license issued in one state is good in another state. "In that same way each state ought to recognize concealed carry rights of the other states". Instead, he said, the bill's attempt to gather all of the records required under current law, which dates back almost a decade, is the problem. Right now, current law creates confusion for people who cross state borders with a lawful concealed carry permit.

It's about time for New Jersey to allow responsible citizens to have the ability to protect themselves and their families from thugs, terrorists, and other predators. "And it would ensure that anti-gun jurisdictions do not harass travelers for exercising their constitutional rights".

Even if the measure passes in the House, it would likely be dead on arrival in the Senate, however, where Republicans must convince at least eight Democrats to join them in order to overcome a legislative filibuster. And although the majority of permit holders are law-abiding citizens, at least 29 mass shootings since 2007 involved a perpetrator with a concealed carry license, according to an analysis by the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit that advocates for gun control. Fletcher volunteered his gun to a local officer but was arrested and released only after spending a night in jail and posting $25,000 bail. This guarantees that Americans' Second Amendment rights do not stop at a state line.

The House approved the bill, 231-198, largely along party lines.

However, 17 attorneys general, including N.C.'s Attorney General Josh Stein, signed a letter to lawmakers opposing the bill. The bill will overturn tough gun laws in states such as CT and ensure that "the lowest common denominator would reign for the entire country", she said.

The bill also proposes improvements to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System and requires a response within 60 days to people who believe they were mistakenly added to the system. The fix has widespread support in the wake of this year's shootings in Las Vegas and Southerland Springs, Texas. But the Air Force failed to report his criminal history and this information was not in the federal database used for gun background checks.

The Fix NICS bill would save lives, but shouldn't be tethered to the reciprocity bill, said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, as he encouraged colleagues to vote against the proposal as it was debated on the House floor. "I urge leaders in Congress to dump the national concealed weapons bill and work together to keep deadly weapons away from people we all already agree shouldn't have them", Murphy said in a statement on Wednesday. "It's outrageous", said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. "This is why a National Reciprocity bill was introduced by Congress".

Opposition to the reciprocity measure is well-funded and getting a lot of attention.

The House vote came as the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said his agency expects to regulate bump-stock devices and could end up banning them.

Hudson is hopeful that the bill will be considered on its merits, rather than be caught up in the emotion surrounding violence and tragedy. "NY state has done that".

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