House approves bill granting gun owners hide and carry reciprocity

Frederick Owens
December 8, 2017

House Republicans threw their support behind gun violence once again this week with their approval of legislation that would require states to honor concealed-carry permits from other states.

In theory, the bill would allow someone who holds a permit from a state with lax restrictions to carry a concealed firearm in a state where they would not otherwise qualify for a permit.

Both parties saw defections with 14 Republicans- including the head of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky- casting "no" votes while six Democrats jumped ship to support the bill.

The "concealed carry" bill is the first gun legislation in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people. 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.

That includes NY, which now does not recognize other states' gun laws.

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So Boyle would have been accurate to say the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act overrides federal law concerning the carry of concealed weapons in a school zone.

The claim that gun ownership stops crime is common in the USA and that belief drives laws that make it easy to own and keep firearms. They hardly paused for the smoke to clear from the October 1 Las Vegas massacre - in which retired accountant Stephen Paddock sprayed thousands of rounds on a crowd enjoying a country music concert, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500 - before lobbying members of Congress to pass this reprehensible bill.

Our senior senator pointed out that states such as North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Tennessee, Michigan and Georgia, to name just a handful, have gun permit standards that are not as safe as NY and geographies that are much more rural than urban.

The argument from 50-state-carry proponents that driver's licenses are valid in all 50 states once issued by each one misses the mark.

The Justice Department announced this week it is reviewing whether weapons using bump stocks should be considered illegal machine guns under federal law. Many rural states have lax concealed-carry requirements that do not require specific training or a clean criminal record. Instead, we have the highest rate of gun deaths.

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