Fleischmann, DesJarlais, Graves Help Pass Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

Fleischmann, DesJarlais, Graves Help Pass Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

The House passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 in a 231-198 vote. It was supported by most Republicans and a half-dozen Democrats.

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

Allowing concealed carry permits to be valid across state lines has always been a National Rifle Association priority.

U.S. Rep. John Katko, an original cosponsor of the concealed-carry gun bill, compared it to an individual who has a driver's license. Our Constitution guarantees that right - and also that states must respect our common laws.

"The same thing holds true here", he said.

Democrats angrily denounced the legislation, known as "concealed carry reciprocity". For starters, there's disagreement with having the Fix NICS and concealed carry provision in the same bill. Lynn Jenkins, Roger Marshall and Kevin Yoder all voted for the measure, which has been a high priority for the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups. "This bill would embolden many abusers who now can not carry a gun to cross state lines armed to continue the abuse".

Wilson said there are more than 40 states that "either reciprocate or honor outside permits".

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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded in 2011, slammed the House vote. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary panel's top ranking Democrat, said the uncertainty demands that Congress quickly approve legislation "to ban these unsafe devices".

"Now every community will have to put up with the most risky, violent and frankly unstable people having guns that our officers and our families and our kids can't see", says Lawrence Robinson with Arizona Coalition for Common Sense, one of the groups launched by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords to reduce gun violence.

In a bid to win support for the legislation from those who generally back stringent gun control measures, pro-gun representatives merged the bill with the Fix NICS Act, which has broad bipartisan support and is aimed at reinforcing the national criminal background check system by strengthening reporting requirements and helping government agencies to report criminal activity more effectively. However, the Air Force has acknowledged it failed to notify civilian authorities of his conviction, meaning it didn't show up in databases. The shooter in that case was able to pass a background check and purchase firearms because disqualifying criminal records from his time in the Air Force were not shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "There are simply a handful of states that do not want citizens protecting themselves, and would let them become victims of violent crime".

Senate Judiciary Committee Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said during a Wednesday hearing that new laws affecting firearms and firearm accessories "must be narrowly tailored".

"What we need is stronger protection against gun violence not this kind of hide carry fraud a moral outrage", Sen.

"This bill would eviscerate the core public safety determination that each states makes concerning the concealed carrying of guns in public based on the unique circumstances of each state and the desires by its citizens", said Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

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