Concealed-carry bill passes House; Frelinghuysen supports it

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"This bill, will allow a law-abiding citizen to carry concealed gun only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm".

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.), whose Morristown office was picketed this week by opponents of HR 28, supported the bill. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act made it through on a 231-198 vote.

Authorities in NY and Los Angeles, as well as activists in Morristown and across New Jersey, contend the measure will increase risks for police and make it easy for gun owners from places with lax gun laws, like West Virginia, to secretly tote weapons here, where restrictions are stricter.

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.

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"This fundamental right does not stop at a state's borders and law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise this right when crossing state lines", Hudson argued.

City officials are constantly working to combat gun trafficking by criminals who bring firearms purchased in states with loose gun laws.

MacArthur said that the legislation will prevent wrongful convictions of people like Shaneen Allen, a Pennsylvania nurse who in 2013 was arrested in New Jersey for carrying her weapon, something that she did not think violated any laws since she had a permit issued from her state. He also urged New Yorkers to Tweet their displeasure toward GOP lawmakers, although the list included Long Island's Pete King and Staten Island's Dan Donovan, two Republicans who voted against the measure. If the Senate passes the bill, it will then head to the President's desk for signing. Mikie Sherrill, the most successful fundraiser now facing Frelinghuysen, quickly issued a statement opposing his vote on the bill.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) called the bill its "number one legislative priority".

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But news of the bill's approval has been enthusiastically received among conservatives.

The bill still needs to go to the Senate for a vote before it can become law.

"This legislation allows a qualified individual to carry a concealed firearm in any state".

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