House Adopts GOP Bill Expanding Gun Owners' Rights

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The Congress is now considering a bill called "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017", The idea is that if a resident of a state that allows concealed carry travels to another state where concealed carry is illegal, law enforcement in that state must recognize the law of the person's resident state. "With concealed carry reciprocity, those who legally hold a concealed carry permit in one state can carry in another state without fear of accidently breaking its laws". "Kansans shouldn't have their Constitutional rights restricted simply because they travel out of state".

Jane Dougherty's sister Mary was killed at Sandy Hook.

A review of the database is underway, and there will be annual audits to ensure compliance, she said.

McKinley said on Twitter the bill provides gun owners with a unified set of national rules, as well as make changes to would result in better reporting of criminals.

The irony is not lost on me; this bill epitomizes federal overreach and undermines states' rights to regulate firearms - especially in states like New Jersey who have made tremendous progress to limit the proliferation of guns.

Rep. Graves (R-GA-14) noted that the legislation permits individuals with a concealed carry permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that allows it.

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

"This is not the Congress I've known and loved so many years but it's the one we got", Slaughter added.

Even though the law would require the state you're visiting to recognize your IN handgun license, it would also mean that you have to abide by the state's gun laws.


Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, on behalf of her self-named gun control group, called the move unsafe.

Kristen Rand, Legislative Director of the Violence Policy Center, said after the bill passed, "Today's winners are the NRA and the gun industry, the losers are public safety and law enforcement".

And it does not go against the wishes of those who believe Americans should have almost unfettered access to any gun so that we can "protect" ourselves.

The Fix NICS bill would save lives, but shouldn't be tethered to the reciprocity bill, said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, as he encouraged colleagues to vote against the proposal as it was debated on the House floor.

A national gun-carry reciprocity bill passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. That's why law enforcement officials all over the country hate this bill.

The National Rifle Association landed a victory on Wednesday when federal lawmakers approved of one NRA-pushed piece of gun legislation.

"I think California does a very good job making sure that not only are people are trained but they have background checks. 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.

That's certainly not going to happen, as was evident from the way House Democrats have voted against the bill.

The other would direct the Bureau of Justice Statistics to study all crimes involving firearms and report back to Congress in six months about how many involved weapons with "bump fire stocks", accessories that can allow semi-automatic weapons guns to fire at a rate similar automatic ones. They are now legal and widely available.

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