House Passes Concealed Carry Reciprocity

NRA-Backed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 Passes US House

Twelve states do not require permits, which means residents of those states could be allowed to carry a concealed weapon in NY without ever having a background check or meeting any other safety requirements. "And if they were lawfully possessed in that state, bring them here into Manhattan, into Times Square". But advocates for changing the law say that it eliminates criminal penalties for law-abiding citizens who travel out of state and are unaware that concealed carry permits do not transfer across state lines.

The bill passed 231 to 198. While I would have preferred that the legislation voted on today - which contains two separate issues - be debated separately, the reciprocity reforms in this bill are too important not to support.

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. Called "the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act", the bill was proposed by Doug Collins of Georgia in January and sponsored by Richard Hudson of North Carolina and amends Title 18 of the US Code, "to provide a means by which nonresidents of a State whose residents may carry concealed firearms may also do so in the State".

"Republicans are inviting violent criminals, domestic abusers, convicted stalkers, and those who have never undergone a background check or received any gun safety training the green light to carry their concealed weapons wherever they want", she added. Leonard Lance (R-7) and Chris Smith (R-4)- voted no on the legislation, the first gun-related bill to be put up for a House vote since the deadly October mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Many New Jersey districts are a top priority for national Democrats looking to shift control of the House during the 2018 midterm elections. This bill requires a response to an appeal within 60 days. "The Congressman voted to make the job of our law enforcement agencies more hard and to allow untrained and potentially unsafe individuals to carry concealed weapons in New Jersey".

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords called the vote "unthinkable".

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