House Passes Bill To Allow ‘Concealed Carry’ Across Status Lines
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The House approved a bill on Wednesday that could ease legal restrictions for carrying concealed firearms across state lines – a move pushed by the National Rifle Association that comes just weeks after mass shootings in NEVADA and Texas.
On a generally party-line vote, the measure very easily passed, 231-198, although 14 Republicans voted simply no. Six Democrats voted for the so-named reciprocity measure, which would allow a gun owner with the correct permit in any state to carry a concealed firearm to some other state where it is also legal.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is likely to encounter a much tougher fight.
In the House version, GOP lawmakers added a assess aimed at strengthening tracking in the national background-check database of legal and mental health records that may stop some gun purchases. Just previous month it was disclosed that Devin Patrick Kelley, the gunman who killed 26 persons at a church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., legally purchase firearms used in the attack in spite of a record of domestic assault in the Air Force which should have disqualified him.
However, as THE BRAND NEW York Times reports: “… the backdrop check measure was not enough to make an impression on most Democrats, nor achieved it persuade law enforcement officials in a few of the major cities, including NY, who state the legislation would drive locales with strict gun laws and regulations to bow to locations with few or no gun limitations.”
The bill angered various Democrats who argued that following mass shootings which may have killed 80 people, the days needed stricter, not looser gun measures.
Connecticut Democrat Rep. Elizabeth Esty – who represents Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six teachers and personnel were killed in a 2012 mass shooting – stated the expenses would undermine states’ privileges, “hamstring law enforcement and allow risky criminals to walk about with hidden guns anywhere and at any time. It’s unspeakable that this is normally Congress’ response to the most severe gun tragedies in American background,” according to The Associated Press.
The NRA’s executive director, Chris Cox, is quoted in the days as saying Thursday’s vote is a “watershed” for Second Amendment rights and that the bill would ensure “all law-abiding citizens in our great country can protect themselves in the manner they see fit without accidentally running afoul of regulations.”
In the Senate, supporters may likely need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster by Democrats.