House passes bill allowing concealed carry across state lines

Posted December 08, 2017

Thirty-eight states require gun owners to obtain a state-issued permit before than can lawfully carry a concealed weapon in public. The bill requires a response to an appeal in no more than 60 days. A driver's license works in every state, so it's common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state.

But the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act contains a provision that renders the Gun-Free School Zones Act toothless against someone with a concealed carry permit from any state.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence. "We are disappointed in the House for passing this reckless legislation and we urge the Senate to respect state laws, to protect the safety of our communities, and to reject this bill", Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. Democrats are largely opposed to the bill.

Gun control has long generated heated debate, and the controversies surrounding restrictions have only accelerated with the growing number of mass shootings across the country. In 2013, Ms. Allen, a single mother of two, was arrested in New Jersey for unlawful possession of a weapon even though she was licensed to carry a concealed firearm in her home state of Pennsylvania. Others, like NY, require safety training and background checks. They pretend to wring their hands over innocent gun owners unwittingly breaking the law by carrying weapons over state lines into jurisdictions that will not honor a concealed-carry permit.

The bill also makes improvements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, NICS. "They're going to be a million people here in about three weeks, and that would be perfectly legal even if it was against NY state law".

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Another feature of H.R. 38 is an expedited process for removing names that have been erroneously submitted to NICS.

"Today's bill ensures Tennesseans who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights will face no undue burden when traveling to gun-friendly states", he said.

"The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves, and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines".

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, top Democrat on the House Judiciary panel, said the background-check provision "actually would save lives and should not be tethered" to the concealed-carry reciprocity bill.