Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Rep. Larry Bucshon reacts to passed gun reciprocity bill

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Kenny Thornton | 07 December, 2017, 13:49

In fact, that part of the legislation package is a direct response to November's mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Democrats said the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would pose a threat to public safety.

Wilson said there are more than 40 states that "either reciprocate or honor outside permits". Right now, current law creates confusion for people who cross state borders with a lawful concealed carry permit. Along with the new concealed carry rule, the bill attached two bipartisan measures: one to strengthen the national background checks system, and another to study crimes involving bump stocks over six months.

"These are examples of good people trying to do the right thing and follow the law, but unwittingly became criminals when they crossed an invisible state line", said Hudson. "It would ensure that states recognize the concealed carry credentials of other states".

"If I get married in North Carolina but I move to Arizona, I'm not a single man again".

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

Former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords, a survivor of a mass shooting that left her seriously wounded, dug up old tweets, Facebook posts and press releases from Republican lawmakers who voted for the concealed carry bill where they offered their "thoughts and prayers".

"Concealed carry reciprocity is the NRA's highest legislative priority in Congress", wrote the NRA in a press release on November 27.

The House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday loosening gun regulations and allowing those with permits to carry concealed weapons to legally travel with those firearms to other states, a top priority of the National Rifle Association.

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Hastings predicted the measure was "going nowhere" in the Senate, where Republicans control the chamber but would need backing from eight Democrats to avoid a filibuster. "It's darned disingenuous for them to be making a states' rights argument only for this subject".

Opponents like Rep. Elizabeth Etsy (D-CT), who represents Newton - the town where a gunman shot to death 26 children and staffers inside Sandy Hook Elementary School - called the bill "an outrage and an insult to the families" of people killed by gun violence. "The Tenth Amendment doesn't trump the Second Amendment". As of 2014, all 50 states recognize concealed carry rights, though some states have different statutes regulating such a right. Fletcher had an N.C. concealed carry permit, but was arrested on felony gun possession charges because his permit wasn't recognized there.

House GOP leaders plan to pair the concealed carry bill with a separate measure that aims to shore up the federal background check system. A bad conduct discharge is not the same as a dishonorable one, which would have barred Kelley from purchasing firearms.

"From my standpoint, I didn't want to put those two bills together, but I think the leadership's determined to do that", King told HuffPost on Tuesday.

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

"The FIX-NICS bill does not expand prohibited categories in any way", Dalseide told the Free Beacon.

Still, it's revealing that in the wake of two of the most horrific mass shootings in recent USA history, Republicans are moving forward with legislation to expand gun rights.

The Fix NICS bill would save lives, but shouldn't be tethered to the reciprocity bill, said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, as he encouraged colleagues to vote against the proposal as it was debated on the House floor.

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