House passes NRA-backed 'concealed carry' gun bill

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Two New Jersey Republicans- Chris Smith of the 4th District and Leonard Lance of the 7th District-voted against the bill. Six Democrats voted yes, while 14 Republicans voted no.

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

A key concealed-carry bill could be on the U.S. House floor this week with Second Amendment supporters and law enforcement officers hoping for a big win.

Republicans said the bill would allow gun owners to travel without having to worry about conflicting state laws.

"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".

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.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.), whose Morristown office was picketed this week by opponents of HR 28, supported the bill. "I'm angry that when this country is begging for courage from our leaders, they are responding with cowardice".

The NRA applauded the vote. Thomas Brandon told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the ATF and Justice Department would not have initiated the review "if (banning them) wasn't a possibility at the end". Our state has strong gun safety laws in place and remains committed to enforcing these statutes in the face of federal overreach. "This would end abuses in anti-gun states like NY and New Jersey and allow law-abiding concealed carriers to exercise their rights nationwide with peace of mind".

"Without this citizen's quick thinking and actions, who knows how many could have fallen victim to this shooter?"

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Gun rights advocates claim that it's very rare for concealed carry permit holders to commit crimes and that "a good guy with a gun" shouldn't be contained by state lines.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., scoffed at that notion.

"There are federal laws that could be expanded and strengthened right now to protect families and our communities, schools and workplaces, from gun violence", Cobb told a reporter at a event in Elizabethtown on Wednesday.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said the United States has had more than 300 mass shootings in 2017. "We're far from it". In fact, he is not even permitted to have his gun in his vehicle, even though he has a concealed carry permit from Kentucky, and this is because IL only recognizes its own carry permit. Ideally, this would help keep guns out of the hands of convicted criminals. The Air Force has discovered several dozen other such reporting omissions since the November 5 shooting.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said it was a cynical maneuver created to force Democrats to vote against the background check measure.

The legislation would also mandate a study of "bump stock" rapid fire devices, used in October's mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary panel's top ranking Democrat, said the uncertainty demands that Congress quickly approve legislation "to ban these risky devices".

The bill also proposes improvements to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System and requires a response within 60 days to people who believe they were mistakenly added to the system.

The bill, known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would treat concealed carry permits, which allow people to carry a hidden weapon in public, more like driver's licenses.