House passes bill to allow concealed weapons across state lines

House passes bill to allow concealed weapons across state lines

"Florida operates the nation's largest concealed weapon licensing program, and national reciprocity will reduce the burden on Floridians who travel out of state with their guns".

Connecticut Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who represents Newtown, where almost five years ago 20 elementary school children and six teachers were murdered in a mass shooting, called the bill "an outrage and an insult to the families" of those killed by gun violence.

A concealed carry permit holder in Kentucky driving to St. Louis for Christmas is not able to carry his firearm with him while in IL. The Fix NICS provisions now contained in the combined bill establish incentives for states and federal agencies to better comply with current law on reporting disqualifying criminal and mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Many Democrats were also incensed that the bill was merged with two other measures with bipartisan support.

Florida now operates the nation's largest concealed weapon licensing program with more than 1.8 million active licenses and has reciprocity agreements with 36 other states. "The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves, and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines".

According to Brady Co-President Avery Gardiner, "Within its first 100 days, this Congress passed legislation to stop the Social Security Administration from putting the names of people who, under existing federal law, are not allowed to buy guns, into the database that powers our background check system for gun purchases". "If I get married in North Carolina, if I move to California, I'm still married", Hudson said.

"An overwhelming majority of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity".

Some pro-gun groups have opposed the bill claiming it expands the background check system. A state that doesn't issue permits to certain kinds of domestic violence offenders, for example, would have to accept a permit that was issued to an abuser in another state. On Wednesday, the day the bill is now scheduled for debate on the House floor, the Newtown Foundation will hold a pre-planned vigil in Washington, D.C., with coordinated ones across the country to raise awareness about gun violence. "NY state has done that".

The bill's conservative defenders argue that in this case their right to bear arms trumps states' rights concerns.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has accused Republicans of doing the bidding of the National Rifle Association, which calls the concealed-carry law its top legislative priority. "It's darned disingenuous for them to be making a states' rights argument only for this subject".

"Absurd", Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. "The Tenth Amendment doesn't trump the Second Amendment".

"Instead of focusing on working to craft commonsense gun reform such as the banning of unsafe bump-stocks, Congressional Republicans continue to cater to the whims of the gun lobby at the expense of the safety of our people". A bad conduct discharge is not the same as a dishonorable one, which would have barred Kelley from purchasing firearms.

"From my standpoint, I didn't want to put those two bills together, but I think the leadership's determined to do that", King told HuffPost on Tuesday.

Hastings predicted the measure was "going nowhere" in the Senate, where Republicans control the chamber but would need backing from eight Democrats to avoid a filibuster. Senator Cornyn and I disagree on nearly everything about guns, but we came together to write the Fix NICS Act because ensuring our background checks work is just common sense.

Still, it's revealing that in the wake of two of the most horrific mass shootings in recent US history, Republicans are moving forward with legislation to expand gun rights.