Rep. Larry Bucshon reacts to passed gun reciprocity bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to Vote on H.R. 38 the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act in December 2017

Congressman Richard Hudson talks with employees of Piedmont Natural Gas following a roundtable discussion with Sen. The concealed-carry bill "is the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines", said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the group's political and lobbying arm.

Republicans in the Judiciary Committee combined a bill on background checks with the concealed-carry permits measure, a fact Democrats called unfortunate. In Florida, a state with notoriously weak concealed carry laws, 1,400 concealed carry permit holders were found to be felons. Currently, each state has its own set of rules and permits, some stronger than others. As of 2014, all 50 states recognize concealed carry rights, though some states have different statutes regulating such a right.

WASHINGTON, D.C. | The House has approved a bill that will make it easier for gun owners with valid permits to carry their firearms across state lines.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has accused Republicans of doing the bidding of the National Rifle Association, which calls the concealed-carry law its top legislative priority. "And it would ensure that anti-gun jurisdictions do not harass travelers for exercising their constitutional rights". Fourteen Republicans opposed the legislation, the first major firearms-related bill Congress has voted on since the massacres in Las Vegas and Texas earlier this year.

The House vote comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on providing criminal history information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was originally sparked by several cases, among them was that of Brian Fletcher of Butner who was working in New Jersey making utility repairs after Hurricane Sandy in 2015. "Instead, today they are voting on a bill that makes it easier for unsafe people to carry loaded guns in our communities". Fletcher volunteered his gun to a local officer but was arrested and released only after spending a night in jail and posting $25,000 bail.

Wilson also said the bill pose threats to victims of domestic violence and other innocent New Yorkers by allowing more guns to flow into the state.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed 231-198 in the House with six Democrats voting for it and 14 Republicans opposed. That's why law enforcement officials all over the country hate this bill. One would fill in holes in the National Criminal Instant Background Check system (NCIS) that were highlighted after a mass shooting at a Texas church last month, in which the gunman, a former Air Force member, was able to buy guns even though he had a criminal record that the military failed to report to the database.

The Air Force has acknowledged that the Texas shooter, Devin Kelley, should have had his name and domestic violence conviction submitted to the National Criminal Information Center database.

Many Democrats were also incensed that the bill was merged with two other measures with bipartisan support. They had sought to keep the two proposals separate. "It's outrageous", said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.

Opposition to the reciprocity measure is well-funded and getting a lot of attention.

Hudson is hopeful that the bill will be considered on its merits, rather than be caught up in the emotion surrounding violence and tragedy.

"An overwhelming majority of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity".



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