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Concealed carry reciprocity bill passes House

07 December 2017, 01:49 | Erica Roy

Concealed carry reciprocity bill passes House

Concealed carry reciprocity bill passes House

During debate in the House, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said his state forces gun owners to meet an array of conditions before obtaining a concealed-carry permit in contrast to some states where "if you're 21 and have a pulse" you can get a gun permit.

The Senate is considering a bipartisan bill to 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. According to lawmakers, the act would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows concealed carry. (Kelley had purchased a firearm even though he had a prior conviction for domestic violence.) Moving the measures at the same time could offer members of both parties some incentive to go along. Six centrist Democrats approved the gun legislation package because they supported the background check measure while 14 Republicans, a mix of centrists and conservatives, voted "no" for the opposite reason.

Republicans said the bill would allow gun owners to travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state laws or civil suits, the Associated Press reported.

"The issue is also important to many Nebraskans who see this burden of, in transit, being able to figure out 25 different laws", Fortenberry said.

NY has some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation as a result of the SAFE Act, passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor in 2013 following the Sandy Hook shootings in CT.

"It's unspeakable that this is Congress' response to the worst gun tragedies in American history", Esty said. "Unfortunately, they are misleading well-meaning members of Congress with these false and inaccurate talking points".

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This bill was passed through the House committee along with the Fix NICS Act, which will aim to provide more accurate data collection under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

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

And it would "allow states with weak gun laws to endanger people in states with stronger gun laws, against the will of those states", said Lindsay Nichols, federal policy director at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a group named for former Rep.

Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat, called the bill "a disgraceful handout to the powerful gun lobby and gun manufacturers", and said the party's initials "GOP" should stand for "guns over people". 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. "But we are arguing that 18 U.S.C. 922 (g), as interpreted by the 2007 NICS Improvement Amendments Act and its regulations at 27 CFR 478.11, is so potentially broad, that, if every eligible name were submitted to NICS, as the bill proposes, the result would be the submission of a large number of names of otherwise law-abiding Americans". Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who is working on bipartisan background check legislation, poured cold water on the idea of pairing the bills last week.

It now heads to the Senate, where it'll be more of an uphill battle given the 60-vote threshold.

The reciprocity bill doesn't set a national standard for concealed carry or ease background checks.

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