House Approves 'Reciprocity Bill' to Expand Concealed Carry Owner's Rights

08 December, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • A concealed carry holster is displayed for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks Pennsylvania   Thomson Reuters

"I urge the Senate to reject this disastrous legislation".

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow any individual with a concealed carry permit to carry their firearm in any other state that allows concealed carry.

Two things need to be noted here.

The concealed-carry vote didn't fall entirely along partisan lines, with a bit of Democratic support and Republican opposition, but the measure is certainly GOP-driven with President Trump's backing, and represents yet another Trump-era outrage.

Another concern is the difficulty law enforcement officers may have determining the validity of an out-of-state concealed carry permit-especially when there is no national database.

"This unsafe legislation would allow gun owners to bring their guns into Boston unchecked and concealed at a time when my officers are working tirelessly to keep guns and the damage and devastation they cause out of our city", Evans said in the statement.

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As the House-passed bill moves to the Senate, we made a decision to look at whether Boyle's claim about the effects on state gun laws was correct.

This marks the first piece of gun legislation pushed this far since the Las Vegas shooting massacre, once again exposing the Republican Congress' priority of pleasing the National Rifle Association rather than even attempting to curb gun violence. "Why should Texans, who have adopted strong, sensible standards for a license to carry be forced to contend with concealed carry gun owners in states that have not", O'Rourke wrote in a Medium post. "I encourage the Senate to act quickly to protect the rights of Montanans to carry concealed firearms", Gianforte said. In New York, a concealed-carry license can be applied for in the county where the applicant lives based on stringent criteria, but the state does not recognize licenses from other states.

"Establishing nationwide reciprocity will streamline regulations allowing permit holders to cross state lines without the worry of breaking the law", Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, said in a statement.

The proposal, H.R.38, slid through the House on a Republican-heavy 231-198 roll call after a brief debate. Right now a person has to find out what the law says in each state that they are traveling in so they don't get arrested.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence. Instead, we have the highest rate of gun deaths.

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