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Stefanik votes in favor of concealed-carry reciprocity

Stefanik votes in favor of concealed-carry reciprocity

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, backed by Republicans, was adopted in a 231-198 vote that mostly followed party lines. The bill would "end abuses in anti-gun states", said the National Rifle Association, which has championed the legislation as a priority.

Legal gun owners with state-issued concealed carry permits would be able to carry in any state which allows concealed weapons.

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), who introduced the bill, said he is a "big states' rights guy" and argued that under the legislation states would still retain the rights to limit the types of firearms and exactly where they can be carried.

During debate in the House, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said his state forces gun owners to meet an array of conditions before obtaining a concealed-carry permit in contrast to some states where "if you're 21 and have a pulse" you can get a gun permit.

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.

The House of Representatives approved allowing concealed handgun permit holders to use them in all other states with the same laws Wednesday. It was supported by most Republicans and a half-dozen Democrats. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would treat concealed carry permits like driver's licenses.

"The same thing holds true here", he said.

However, critics of the bill question how it would impact states' rights and predicted it would lead to an uptick in violent crime.

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Former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords, a survivor of a mass shooting that left her seriously wounded, dug up old tweets, Facebook posts and press releases from Republican lawmakers who voted for the concealed carry bill where they offered their "thoughts and prayers".

Meanwhile an alert from Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America (GOA), claimed Fix NICS "would require that the rolls of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and ObamaCare be trolled for recipients with PTSD, ADHD, or Alzheimer's-that is, people who have had guardians appointed", the group's legislative council said it was not arguing the bill would create new categories of prohibited people.

The bill also includes a provision supporters say would help to prevent tragedies like the massacre at a Texas church in November. "In that same way each state ought to recognize concealed carry rights of the other states". The measure would 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.

Many Democrats were also incensed that the bill was merged with two other measures with bipartisan support.

"Just so we're clear: #HR38, the first major piece of gun legislation we're considering this year, after the worst mass shooting in USA history, is a bill that allows people to carry hidden, loaded handguns ANYWHERE in the USA, regardless of state laws".

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the number two Senate GOP Leader, said on Monday that merging the gun bills complicated the path forward in the Senate and suggested splitting off the background check fix.

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.

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