Concealed Weapon Reciprocity Act Headed to the Senate

"For a state like IL, for example, to be anxious about IN license to carry holders as opposed to the gang members IN Chicago who are running around carrying guns illegally", he said.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) said after the vote that he's more anxious about Californians being able to carry their concealed weapons when they travel to other states than about people bringing concealed weapons to California from states with lower permitting requirements.

The bill was passed by 231-198, with six Democrats voting yes and 14 Republicans voting no, the Associated Press reported.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said that now, "those traveling or living on the border of a state that does not recognize their home state's laws could have their gun rights stripped when they cross state lines".

Arizona does not require gun owners to obtain concealed carry permits. "After spending 40 days in jail and losing her job, she was pardoned by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie".

"This poor single mother, who's never had a brush with the law, spent nearly 50 days in jail and was looking at 10 years in prison", Hudson said. "So I would want to see what's before us before I make a decision".

"As a responsible gun owner it is my rights to carry, but at the same time it's also my duty to be informed, to be safe and know where I should and should not be carrying", said Nicholas Couture, The Personal Defense Center Owner, .

The bill, H.R. 38, pushes the weakest state-level gun safety laws into de facto national policy. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services.

The legislation seeks to address the problem by encouraging federal government agencies and states to improve reporting of criminal offenses.

Despite the strong support for the bill in the House, its fate in the Senate is unclear.

Lawmakers including Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty and families who lost loved ones during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in 2012 attended the 5th annual national vigil for all victims of gun violence on Wednesday afternoon. The gunman who carried out the Sutherland Springs, Texas, shooting should have been brought to the attention of the background check system because he had a domestic violence conviction.

North Carolina Congresswoman Alma Adams stated, in part: "It's outrageous that Congress just voted to pass a gun bill that tramples state's rights and endangers our communities, all to appease the NRA".

It is also evident from the House Committee on Rules site that the two bills are likely to be combined.

#ConcealedCarryKillers. At least 21 law enforcement officers have died at the hands of concealed carry killers since May 2007.

Despite any concerns it has with the Fix NICS Act, GOA encouraged members of Congress to vote for the combined bill in hopes that the package had a better chance of passing the Senate. "It's unspeakable that this is Congress' response to the worst gun tragedies in American history".

The bill is now headed to the Senate and then to the Presidents desk.

"We're standing up for our rights each and every day in the Capitol", he added.

He said that although he supports a section meant to improve the system for background checks on prospective gun buyers, he could not vote in favor of the concealed carry proposal. "It would ensure that states recognize the concealed carry credentials of other states". While the NRA is backing the bill with the intention to get a vote before the New Year, there is a huge group of gun-control activists opposing the national gun-carry reciprocity.

Linder is confident in the background checks performed in Montana. But the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is already reviewing whether firearm regulations should include a ban on bump stocks "converting a weapon into a machine gun", Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a day before the gun package legislation vote.

Most Democrats are opposed.

"If you're a felon in the United States, you're not allowed to possess a firearm", Katko, R-Camillus, said.

Vanessa Coleman

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