Congressman votes in favor of Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Missouri AG Josh Hawley urges Congress to support concealed-carry legislation

Additionally, it puts the burden of proof on the state to show an individual carrying a concealed firearm violated the law, protecting law-abiding gun owners from burdensome civil lawsuits.

The final vote was 231-198, largely along party lines. Fourteen Republicans opposed the legislation, the first major firearms-related bill Congress has voted on since the massacres in Las Vegas and Texas earlier this year.

The hide carry reciprocity act allows permit holders to go to other state's with the same laws, to have the same rights.

Many Democrats were also incensed that the bill was merged with two other measures with bipartisan support. It doesn't override state gun laws. Ideally, this would help keep guns out of the hands of convicted criminals. "It's unspeakable that this is Congress' response to the worst gun tragedies in American history". "Absurd", Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. "I'm angry that when this country is begging for courage from our leaders, they are responding with cowardice".

The NRA applauded the vote. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ensures that the Constitutional rights of Americans do not end simply because they cross a state.

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.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department said Tuesday it is reviewing whether devices that allow semiautomatic rifles to fire faster should be banned.

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Authorities in NY and Los Angeles, as well as activists in Morristown and across New Jersey, contend the measure will increase risks for police and make it easy for gun owners from places with lax gun laws, like West Virginia, to secretly tote weapons here, where restrictions are stricter. Bump stocks allow semi-automatic rifles to fire almost as fast as an automatic rifle.

Connecticut Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who represents Newtown, where almost five years ago 20 elementary school children and six teachers were murdered in a mass shooting, called the bill "an outrage and an insult to the families" of those killed by gun violence.

"His death mattered, and I wanted him to be remembered", Gooze told the Senate Judiciary Committee. And although the majority of permit holders are law-abiding citizens, at least 29 mass shootings since 2007 involved a perpetrator with a concealed carry license, according to an analysis by the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit that advocates for gun control. He cited 2015 incident in which an Uber driver shot and wounded a gunman who was firing into a crowd of people in Chicago. It would make concealed carry permits valid across state lines. "Georgia has no business, no right, to tell Colorado what its laws should be", he said.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said the United States has had more than 300 mass shootings in 2017. "We're far from it". For starters, there's disagreement with having the Fix NICS and concealed carry provision in the same bill. It also would create incentives for states to report more records. "The problem that we had with the Texas shooter is that the Air Force didn't report his domestic abuse conviction to the NICS system so he was able to buy a gun when he shouldn't have". The Air Force has discovered several dozen other such reporting omissions since the November 5 shooting. "In that same way each state ought to recognize concealed carry rights of the other states". He called it a cynical maneuver to force Democrats to cast a politically unpopular vote against background checks. I'm angry that the Senate is avoiding responsibility for limiting bump stocks. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary panel's top ranking Democrat, said the uncertainty demands that Congress quickly approve legislation "to ban these risky devices".

Penalties will be applied to government agencies for not reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Republicans in the Judiciary Committee combined a bill on background checks with the concealed-carry permits measure, a fact Democrats called unfortunate.

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