To put it simply, all law-abiding gun owners with gun permits can carry them in any state that recognizes carry rights. 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. Still, the domestic abuse conviction and jail sentence still made him a prohibited person; this shooting could have been prevented.
The bill passed mostly along party lines, 231-198, with six Democrats supporting it.
Now, Congress chose to fix the National Instant Criminal Background Check System with this bill, while including a national concealed carry reciprocity provision. Someone who gets a gun in Vermont, one of 12 states that allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit, would be able to also carry it concealed in neighboring NY, a state where it's much more hard to get a license and where other states' permits aren't now recognized. Fourteen Republicans opposed the legislation, the first major firearms-related bill Congress has voted on since the massacres in Las Vegas and Texas earlier this year.
The NRA's executive director, Chris Cox, is quoted in the Times as saying Thursday's vote is a "watershed" for Second Amendment rights and that the bill would ensure "all law-abiding citizens in our great country can protect themselves in the manner they see fit without accidentally running afoul of the law".
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Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., called the bill an attempt to undermine states' rights. "It's unspeakable that this is Congress' response to the worst gun tragedies in American history", according to The Associated Press.
Well, criminals already do that, congresswoman, but that's beside the point.
As House members voted on Arm Anyone, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee met today to discuss ways to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and address a bill to ban bump stock accessories. They also include punishments, such as stripping bonuses from political appointees, for states and agencies that don't fully comply.
Gun control advocates oppose the bill on the grounds that it forces some places to recognize dramatically weaker standards for concealed carry. The bill also doesn't expand which agencies are required to report records to NICS. Brady Co-President Kris Brown reacted to the vote noting, "In the aftermath of two of America's deadliest mass shootings, Congress should be voting to keep guns out of risky hands by supporting, strengthening, and expanding our nation's background check system".
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Nadler and other Democrats say the concealed-carry bill would force those who in live in states with strong gun laws to abide by states with the weakest and most unsafe concealed-carry laws.
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. 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. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who is working on bipartisan background check legislation, poured cold water on the idea of pairing the bills last week.
Connecticut Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who represents Newtown, where almost five years ago 20 elementary school children and six teachers were murdered in a mass shooting, called the bill "an outrage and an insult to the families" of those killed by gun violence.
It now heads to the Senate, where it'll be more of an uphill battle given the 60-vote threshold.
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Florida now operates the nation's largest concealed weapon licensing program with more than 1.8 million active licenses and has reciprocity agreements with 36 other states.