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House passes bill to allow concealed weapons across state lines

House passes bill to allow concealed weapons across state lines

The House approved the bill, 231-198, largely along party lines.

The measure has 210 Republican co-sponsors and three Democrats. 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.

North Dakota leads the nation for gun permit reciprocity with other states. "I don't think that right should be undermined simply because I travel to another state". As of 2014, all 50 states recognize concealed carry rights, though some states have different statutes regulating such a right.

Tedra Cobb, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination, said the bill does nothing to combat gun violence. "I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and will continue fighting to protect this vitally important Constitutional right".

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

Wilson said there are more than 40 states that "either reciprocate or honor outside permits".

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The author of the bill, Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., said CCW permits should be treated like driver licenses and marriage licenses, which are recognized across state lines.

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. "'Concealed carry reciprocity' is a poison pill, and Congress should listen to the American people and reject it". Giffords retweeted these posts, adding that those good wishes won't get the job done when it comes to stopping gun violence. Senator Cornyn and I disagree on nearly everything about guns, but we came together to write the Fix NICS Act because ensuring our background checks work is just common sense. "This is not the kind of leadership our nation deserves", Giffords tweeted at Republican Rep. Darrell Issa in just one of almost 40 responses she had sent out.

The measure now goes to the U.S. Senate. The measure would strengthen the Federal Bureau of Investigation database of prohibited gun buyers after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church. The shooter responsible for killing 58 people and injuring almost 500 more attending a Las Vegas concert in October used bump stocks to direct large amounts of ammunition on the crowd, and members from both parties have called for ban on them.

Even if the measure passes in the House, it would likely be dead on arrival in the Senate, however, where Republicans must convince at least eight Democrats to join them in order to overcome a legislative filibuster.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who is the co-author of the bipartisan Fix NICS Act, called the bill "a awful, risky idea". "CT remains a prime example of what applying smart, bipartisan gun reform can accomplish, and we hope that Congress will follow suit", Malloy said in a statement on Wednesday. The Fix NICS provisions now contained in the combined bill establish incentives for states and federal agencies to better comply with current law on reporting disqualifying criminal and mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).