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Local lawmaker reacts to passed hide carry reciprocity bill

07 December 2017, 07:58 | Glen Norman

Local lawmaker reacts to passed hide carry reciprocity bill

Local lawmaker reacts to passed hide carry reciprocity bill

The House on Wednesday passed a bill that would enable gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines.

The Republican-controlled chamber passed the bill by 231-198, in their first major gun legislation since a 2012 CT school massacre.

Though Wednesday's vote in the House was largely along party lines, six Democrats crossed the aisle to back the bill. "Congress should enact concealed-carry reciprocity legislation, to help implement and enforce the constitutional right to self-defense for millions of law-abiding Americans across the country". "I don't think that right should be undermined simply because I travel to another state".

"This bill passed today in the House would allow a criminal who bought a gun without a background check in Florida to carry that gun, concealed under his clothing, into Times Square".

Opponents of the bill who invoked states' rights were "reaching", said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a prominent gun rights advocate.

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The NRA had fiercely lobbied for its passing.

"Our 2nd Amendment rights don't disappear when we cross state lines", said Stefanik in a statement.

The bill has been paired with "Fix NICS" legislation created to strengthen criminal background checks.

The House vote came as the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said his agency expects to regulate bump-stock devices and could end up banning them. Hudson said, [National reciprocity] won't increase crime. According to lawmakers, the act would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows concealed carry.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., called the bill an attempt to undermine states' rights, "hamstring law enforcement and allow risky criminals to walk around with hidden guns anywhere and at any time".

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Nadler and other Democrats say the concealed-carry bill would force those who in live in states with strong gun laws to abide by states with the weakest and most risky concealed-carry laws.

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords posted a series of messages on Twitter, criticizing numerous Representatives who voted in favor of the bill. Giffords retweeted these posts, adding that those good wishes won't get the job done when it comes to stopping gun violence. "Thoughts and prayers alone will not save lives", she wrote to each of them.

The NRA said the bill does not expand the gun background check system in any way and also includes new legal protections for those who have been wrongly reported as prohibited from owning guns. "This is not the kind of leadership our nation deserves".

Many Democrats were also incensed that the bill was merged with two other measures with bipartisan support. "But we are arguing that 18 U.S.C. 922 (g), as interpreted by the 2007 NICS Improvement Amendments Act and its regulations at 27 CFR 478.11, is so potentially broad, that, if every eligible name were submitted to NICS, as the bill proposes, the result would be the submission of a large number of names of otherwise law-abiding Americans".

Despite what appears in the bill's text, Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights, described it as establishing "a gun control super-database" and "expanding the Brady-NICS gun owner registry".

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