House weighs Republican bill easing gun restrictions

House weighs Republican bill easing gun restrictions

Hastings predicted the measure was "going nowhere" in the Senate, where Republicans control the chamber but would need backing from eight Democrats to avoid a filibuster. "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". It passed the House Judiciary Committee last week and faces the full House vote as early as Wednesday.

Although Republicans are attaching a modest background check measure to the bill, the package would have the cumulative effect of making it legal for people to carry concealed weapons in more places.

To make the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act more palatable, Republicans have included measures to strengthen the national background check system. Fletcher volunteered his gun to a local officer but was arrested and released only after spending a night in jail and posting $25,000 bail.

The Republican-controlled chamber passed the bill by 231-198, in their first major gun legislation since a 2012 CT school massacre. "They recognize that marriage", Hudson said during House floor debate. A letter in support of reciprocity had 24 attorneys general signatures.

He and other Republicans compared the concealed-carry permit to a driver's license that is valid in any state. "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".

Authorities in NY and Los Angeles, as well as activists in Morristown and across New Jersey, contend the measure will increase risks for police and make it easy for gun owners from places with lax gun laws, like West Virginia, to secretly tote weapons here, where restrictions are stricter.

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Penalties will be applied to government agencies for not reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The fix has widespread support in the wake of this year's shootings in Las Vegas and Southerland Springs, Texas.

Wilson said there are more than 40 states that "either reciprocate or honor outside permits". 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. They had sought to keep the two proposals separate.

Opponents of the bill who invoked states' rights were "reaching", said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a prominent gun rights advocate.

Despite any concerns it has with the Fix NICS Act, GOA encouraged members of Congress to vote for the combined bill in hopes that the package had a better chance of passing the Senate.

Despite what appears in the bill's text, Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights, described it as establishing "a gun control super-database" and "expanding the Brady-NICS gun owner registry". "'Concealed carry reciprocity' is a poison pill, and Congress should listen to the American people and reject it".

Hudson is hopeful that the bill will be considered on its merits, rather than be caught up in the emotion surrounding violence and tragedy. "Same thing with concealed carry. NY state has done that".

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