Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Concealed Weapon Reciprocity Act Headed to the Senate

Concealed Weapon Reciprocity Act Headed to the Senate

"My bill is a simple, common sense solution to the confusing hodgepodge of concealed carry reciprocity agreements between states", said Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., the sponsor of the bill, in a statement last week. This bill comes in the aftermath of the horrific shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas that left 25 people dead, with another 20 injured. They admitted to tripping up.

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

Lawmakers including Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty and families who lost loved ones during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in 2012 attended the 5th annual national vigil for all victims of gun violence on Wednesday afternoon. The bill will overturn tough gun laws in states such as CT and ensure that "the lowest common denominator would reign for the entire country", she said. Six Democrats voted yes, while 14 Republicans voted no.

Supporters say the proposal would give law-abiding citizens the ability to protect themselves when they travel, but critics say it eviscerates states' rights to uphold their own firearms standards by allowing gun owners who obtain permits from states with lesser requirements to carry in all 50 states. "It's unspeakable that this is Congress' response to the worst gun tragedies in American history". "Unfortunately, they are misleading well-meaning members of Congress with these false and inaccurate talking points".

The background check bill merged with the reciprocity bill would punish federal agencies that fail to report their records on domestic violence to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which screens gun purchases from licensed firearms dealers. They also include punishments, such as stripping bonuses from political appointees, for states and agencies that don't fully comply. According to the Congressional Research Service, "This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms".

Some pro-gun groups have opposed the bill claiming it expands the background check system.

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.

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Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat, called the bill "a disgraceful handout to the powerful gun lobby and gun manufacturers", and said the party's initials "GOP" should stand for "guns over people".

"Weak Republicans always push gun control laws under the guise of 'enforcing the laws we have, ' but only end up pushing the Democrat agenda, giving gun owners more reasons to worry", he said. Instead, he said, the bill's attempt to gather all of the records required under current law, which dates back almost a decade, is the problem.

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

It now heads to the Senate, where it'll be more of an uphill battle given the 60-vote threshold.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, top Democrat on the House Judiciary panel, said a background check provision "actually would save lives and should not be tethered" to the concealed-carry bill.

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