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07 December 2017, 10:00 | Opal Carroll
After Vegas And Texas Massacres, Republicans Try To Make It Easier To Carry Concealed Guns
Six Democrats voted for the so-called reciprocity measure, which would allow a gun owner with the proper permit in any state to carry a concealed firearm to another state where it is also legal.
The measure now goes to the U.S. Senate.
"This is a historic day for law-abiding gun owners and an affirmation that our constitutional right to keep and bear arms does not end when we leave our home state", said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.
Although reciprocity with certain states has passed the house, gun owner's still have to follow state specific laws.
Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., called the bill an attempt to undermine states' rights. "It's unspeakable that this is Congress' response to the worst gun tragedies in American history". Esty represents Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 students and six educators were fatally shot in 2012. "Absurd", Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. "I'm angry that when this country is begging for courage from our leaders, they are responding with cowardice".
"They recognize that marriage", Hudson said during House floor debate. Senator Cornyn and I disagree on nearly everything about guns, but we came together to write the Fix NICS Act because ensuring our background checks work is just common sense. The shooter responsible for killing 58 people and injuring almost 500 more attending a Las Vegas concert in October used bump stocks to direct large amounts of ammunition on the crowd, and members from both parties have called for ban on them. Bump stocks allow semi-automatic rifles to fire almost as fast as an automatic rifle.
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.
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Advocates for the bill said gun owners should not lose their right to carry as they travel across state lines.
Meanwhile an alert from Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America (GOA), claimed Fix NICS "would require that the rolls of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and ObamaCare be trolled for recipients with PTSD, ADHD, or Alzheimer's-that is, people who have had guardians appointed", the group's legislative council said it was not arguing the bill would create new categories of prohibited people.
"The Bill of Rights is not a philosophical exercise", Georgia Representative Doug Collins, who personally had a concealed carry permit for what described as self-defence reasons.
Manger says the gunman who carried out the mass shooting in Las Vegas two months ago used bump stocks and was able to fire more than a-thousand rounds in a matter of minutes. "We're far from it".
Democrats angrily denounced the legislation, known as "concealed carry reciprocity".
It is the first gun legislation in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people. The Air Force has discovered several dozen other such reporting omissions since the November 5 shooting.
"The truth is that concealed carry laws save lives", said Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican. He called it a cynical maneuver to force Democrats to cast a politically unpopular vote against background checks.
The Justice Department announced Tuesday a review of bump stocks to determine whether weapons using them should be considered illegal machine guns under federal law.
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