Schneiderman: "Today, the House voted to strip NY law enforcement of their right to enforce common sense policies that keep New Yorkers safe from the scourge of gun violence".
Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public. This bill will give law-abiding citizens the ability to protect themselves when traveling across state lines, a significant step forward in exercising our Second Amendment rights.
The lower chamber approved the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act in a 231-198 vote.
"The House of Representatives passed a bill that would let nearly anyone carry loaded, concealed firearms nearly anywhere in the United States", said Giffords, who was shot in the head during a 2011 mass shooting.
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Gabrielle Giffords, who left the House after becoming a victim of gun violence in her home state of Arizona and started a gun-control group, said that "Congress has failed the American people" and moved toward making the country less safe. 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". Democrats are largely opposed to the bill.
The passage of the bill is a startling development after recent mass shootings that have rocked the nation and sparked calls for tightening, rather than loosening, gun regulations.
Two New Jersey Republicans- Chris Smith of the 4th District and Leonard Lance of the 7th District-voted against the bill.
City officials are constantly working to combat gun trafficking by criminals who bring firearms purchased in states with loose gun laws. "The Congressman voted to make the job of our law enforcement agencies more hard and to allow untrained and potentially risky individuals to carry concealed weapons in New Jersey".