The House has passed a bill today that is a huge win for 2nd Amendment rights. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed 231-198 and the voting revealed some surprises. Six Democrats were among those who voted for it and 14 Republicans voted against it.
The bill will allow concealed carry permit holders in one state to carry their guns across state lines into other states. The legislation also improves the federal background check system which is more commonly known as the NICS or the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
This is the first gun-related legislation to be passed by the House since the mass shootings in Las Vegas, NV and Sunderland, TX.
Democrats argued viciously against the bill, claiming it would add to gun violence.
— NRA (@NRA) December 1, 2017
Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the House Judiciary Committee Chairman stated that the legislation is the best way “not to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens, but to enforce the laws against criminals. This bill is about the simple proposition that law-abiding Americans should be able to exercise their right to self-defense, even when they cross out of their states’ borders. That is their constitutional right.”
Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) called the bill an “outrage.” Her district includes Newton where 20 children were killed in 2012;
“This will should be called the Act to Carry Any Gun, Anywhere, Any Time, by Anyone. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill is an outrage and an insult to the families in Newtown and to the hundreds of families who have lost loved ones to gun violence who are gathered here today, at the Capitol, for the fifth annual vigil on gun violence.”
— TW Social Policy (@TWSocialPol) December 6, 2017
Concealed carry reciprocity already exists in some states. For instance, a person with a concealed carry permit in Florida can legally carry in dozens of other states including Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act was heavily endorsed by the NRA.
.@ChrisCoxNRA “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” #HR38 #GunSense https://t.co/bmxi5Xzobv
— NRA (@NRA) December 6, 2017
“Your fundamental right to keep and bear arms should not end at the state line. This bill would ensure that law-abiding citizens do not lose the ability to protect themselves when they travel from state to state. And it would ensure that anti-gun jurisdictions do not harass travelers for exercising their constitutional rights.”
Source: Washington Examiner