House Passes Bill To Allow 'Concealed Carry' Across State Lines

NRA May See Major Legislative Win With Concealed Carry Bill

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The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act will ensure concealed carry permits issued in one state are valid in other states.

The resolution would require "maximum coordination" in states providing the federal government with mental health records and other information for FBI gun background checks, reported Fox News.

"Every state recognizes an N.C. driver's license, so if I drive from my home to D.C., when I get to the Virginia state line I don't have to stop and take a new driver's test and get a Virginia license to proceed", explained Hudson in an interview with North State Journal.

Former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords, a survivor of a mass shooting that left her seriously wounded, dug up old tweets, Facebook posts and press releases from Republican lawmakers who voted for the concealed carry bill where they offered their "thoughts and prayers".

"Weak Republicans always push gun control laws under the guise of 'enforcing the laws we have, ' but only end up pushing the Democrat agenda, giving gun owners more reasons to worry", he said.

"This vote marks a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights", Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, said online after the 231-198 vote. "There are simply a handful of states that do not want citizens protecting themselves, and would let them become victims of violent crime. And it would ensure that anti-gun jurisdictions do not harass travelers for exercising their constitutional rights".

The House vote comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on providing criminal history information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was originally sparked by several cases, among them was that of Brian Fletcher of Butner who was working in New Jersey making utility repairs after Hurricane Sandy in 2015.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, top Democrat on the House Judiciary panel, said the background-check provision "actually would save lives and should not be tethered" to the concealed-carry reciprocity bill.

Opponents, mostly Democrats, say the bill could endanger public safety by overriding state laws that place strict limits on guns.

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Letters from the states' attorneys general have come in favor and against the bill, divided along party lines.

"Ten states refuse to recognize any out-of-state concealed carry permits, and many more refuse to recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits unless certain conditions are met", the letter read. According to the Congressional Research Service, "This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms". The shooter, Devin Kelley, was a disturbed man who was court-martialed for domestic abuse in 2012, sentenced to a year in jail upon conviction, and was given a bad conduct discharge in 2014.

The House is expected to pass it, but critics say that combining the bills might sink them both in the Senate. "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.

"Concealed carry reciprocity is the NRA's highest legislative priority in Congress", wrote the NRA in a press release on November 27.

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

House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the passage of the bill.

Hudson is hopeful that the bill will be considered on its merits, rather than be caught up in the emotion surrounding violence and tragedy. "This legislation will make New York City less safe and our job as law enforcement significantly harder", New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill said earlier this year.

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

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