Bill letting people bring concealed guns across state lines passes House

Kansans could carry concealed guns in any state under bill passed by US House

Rep. Graves, House pass Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill

"This concealed carry bill would effectively allow states with the weakest gun laws, like Arizona, to supersede states with the strongest gun laws, including California".

Hypocrisy and politics have always been willing dance partners, and this bill tramples the principle of states' rights that the Republican Party likes to trot out out when it suits its own ends; only six Democrats voted for the bill.

The Republican-controlled House is taking up a bill to make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines. They also say that, under the legislation, gun owners will only have to abide by requirements of the most lenient states. "That would not be a guess, that would be an expectation".

Congress finally took action on sensible gun laws: to weaken them. An applicant also has to demonstrate "good moral character", which law enforcement has lots of leeway to determine.

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Opponents worry that the move could ultimately allow for the treatment of concealed-carry gun permits like driver licenses: valid nationwide.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal now urging lawmakers across the country to fight concealed carry legislation, approved by the house. All 50 states allow some form of concealed carry. Number two, her tweet ignores the fact that concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding of law-abiding citizens. In 2015, more than 70,000 concealed carry permits were granted in California. In addition, 12 states do not require a permit or a background check to carry. "It's time for our federal government to secure the Constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to hide carry across state lines".

Currently, the patchwork of reciprocity laws and agreements between states is confusing and has caused law-abiding citizens to unwittingly break the law and suffer arrest and detention. "And there's not a lot of great options for what could be done (to fight it)".

Concealed carry reciprocity is the gun lobby's top priority legislation. They cite the example of a gun owner lawfully driving with a concealed gun in one state only to be pulled over in another and jailed for illegal possession of a firearm.

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"Under this bill, one could purchase multiple handguns in any state where one lived or had a residency", said Manhattan DA Cy Vance.

"The net effect of this bill is that California becomes a "shall-issue" state".

The National Shooting Sports Foundation supports the new bill. The "Fix NICS" Act would improve the gun-sale background check system simply by helping ensure that the staffs of federal agencies and states complete a couple more keystrokes and mouse clicks every day and submit more records into the system.

Packaging CCR with the Fix NICS Act would gut the Act, undermining state gun laws, and forcing every state to allow people with risky histories and no training to carry hidden, loaded guns in public. "Any talk about this legislation assisting risky criminals is irrational since criminals can not get permits to carry guns".

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