Republicans Argue Concealed Carry Permits Are Like Driver's Licenses

Republicans Argue Concealed Carry Permits Are Like Driver's Licenses

Republicans Argue Concealed Carry Permits Are Like Driver's Licenses

The House passed legislation Wednesday that will allow people with a hide carry permit to also bring their guns across state lines in states that permit concealed carry. "But we are arguing that 18 U.S.C. 922 (g), as interpreted by the 2007 NICS Improvement Amendments Act and its regulations at 27 CFR 478.11, is so potentially broad, that, if every eligible name were submitted to NICS, as the bill proposes, the result would be the submission of a large number of names of otherwise law-abiding Americans". "It's unspeakable that this is Congress' response to the worst gun tragedies in American history". It doesn't override state gun laws. They would still have to adhere to established state and local laws.

Even if the measure passes in the House, it would likely be dead on arrival in the Senate, however, where Republicans must convince at least eight Democrats to join them in order to overcome a legislative filibuster.

Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat, called the bill "a disgraceful handout to the powerful gun lobby and gun manufacturers", and said the party's initials "GOP" should stand for "guns over people".

On Nov. 29, the House Judiciary Committee passed the "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act". "Any talk about this legislation assisting risky criminals is irrational since criminals can not get permits to carry guns", Connecticut Citizens Defense League President Scott Wilson Sr. said in a statement to Channel 3 on Wednesday. He cited 2015 incident in which an Uber driver shot and wounded a gunman who was firing into a crowd of people in Chicago.

"National Concealed Carry Reciprocity has been in the making for 30 years and we are on the cusp of making it a reality".

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

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed 231-198 in the House with six Democrats voting for it and 14 Republicans opposed.

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"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.

"If more guns made people safer, we'd be the safest country on earth", said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. Currently, each state has its own set of rules and permits, some stronger than others. "The problem that we had with the Texas shooter is that the Air Force didn't report his domestic abuse conviction to the NICS system so he was able to buy a gun when he shouldn't have".

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 Air Force has discovered several dozen other such reporting omissions since the November 5 shooting.

The legislation also would order the Justice Department to study bump stocks, including how often they are used in a crime.

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.

Brandon, the ATF director, told the Senate that the ongoing federal review may find the government doesn't have authority to ban bump stocks. Sen.

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