US House votes to expand concealed carry gun rights

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The House on Wednesday passed a bill that would enable gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines.

Officials with the U.S. House of Representatives report that they passed H.R. 38, the Concealed Cary Reciprocity Act.

As part of the legislation, federal law enforcement officers, including those who are retired and off-duty, will not be subject to gun restrictions in federally-defined school zones. "But the person must be eligible to possess a firearm under federal law in the first place, meaning that they are not a felon, dangerously mentally ill, a domestic abuser or have any other disqualifying factors for legally carrying a firearm".

While the House was expected to pass it, the bill's future is uncertain in the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Elizabeth Etsy, D-Conn is also quick to note that the bill undermines states' rights and lampooned it as a response to "the worst gun tragedies in American history".

"His death mattered, and I wanted him to be remembered", Gooze told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Bob Goodlatte, a representative from Virginia and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that in 2015 a taxi driver with a concealed weapon shot and wounded a gunman in Chicago who was firing into a crowd. "Any talk about this legislation assisting unsafe criminals is irrational since criminals can not get permits to carry guns", Connecticut Citizens Defense League President Scott Wilson Sr. said in a statement to Channel 3 on Wednesday.

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He said the legislation would mean that a concealed-carry permit would become like a driver's licence in that it would be valid in any state.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., scoffed at that notion. In fact, he is not even permitted to have his gun in his vehicle, even though he has a concealed carry permit from Kentucky, and this is because IL only recognizes its own carry permit. "Georgia has no business, no right, to tell Colorado what its laws should be", he said.

The Senate is considering a bipartisan bill to 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 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.

The reciprocity bill doesn't set a national standard for concealed carry or ease background checks.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said it was a cynical maneuver created to force Democrats to vote against the background check measure. I'm angry that the Senate is avoiding responsibility for limiting bump stocks. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary panel's top ranking Democrat, said the uncertainty demands that Congress quickly approve legislation "to ban these risky devices".

By a vote of 231 to 198, the House approved the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. 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.

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