Concealed Weapon Reciprocity Act Headed to the Senate

Concealed Weapon Reciprocity Act Headed to the Senate

"Right now, current law creates confusion for people who cross state borders with a lawful concealed carry permit".

Wednesday's vote marked the first time since Newtown that the House took up any significant gun legislation, something several Democrats raised, citing recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas without any action on proposals related to those incidents.

But Democrats who opposed the bill said more lenient gun laws opens the door for more gun violence.

Esty, who represents Newtown, calls the GOP maneuver "an insult to the folks in Sandy Hook", a Newtown village where 20 school children and six adults were killed in 2012.

Gooze says she doesn't know why she didn't run, even though she had opportunities.

The bill would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons.

Tedra Cobb, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination, said the bill does nothing to combat gun violence.

But she blasted Republicans for including the measure in a "horrible bill" that she said will overturn tough gun laws in states such as CT and ensure that "the lowest common denominator would reign for the entire country".

"This is not the Congress I've known and loved so many years but it's the one we got", Slaughter added. "This bill would ensure that law-abiding citizens do not lose the ability to protect themselves when they travel from state to state".

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Mayor Tim Dougherty speaks against federal gun bill, December 6, 2017. Bump stocks allow semi-automatic rifles to fire almost as fast as an automatic rifle. I implore members of Congress to reconsider pursuing this legislation and to start putting the wellbeing of the American public first. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who is working on bipartisan background check legislation, poured cold water on the idea of pairing the bills last week.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who is the co-author of the bipartisan Fix NICS Act, called the bill "a bad, risky idea".

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, top Democrat on the House Judiciary panel, said a background check provision "actually would save lives and should not be tethered" to the concealed-carry bill. Instead, he said, the bill's attempt to gather all of the records required under current law, which dates back almost a decade, is the problem.

Although Republicans are attaching a modest background check measure to the bill, the package would have the cumulative effect of making it legal for people to carry concealed weapons in more places.

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. "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. "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".

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.

Thomas Brandon told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the ATF and Justice Department would not have initiated the review "if (banning them) wasn't a possibility at the end".

The Justice Department announced Tuesday a review of bump stocks to determine whether weapons using them should be considered illegal machine guns under federal law.

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