NRA hails the House's passage of Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

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We'd like to see significantly tighter gun controls on the federal level, but that's something legislators clearly lack the courage to accomplish. They say the measure will add some much-needed uniformity to the hodgepodge of concealed carry laws in the 50 states.

Two things need to be noted here.

Although permits are not required in Kansas, the state does issue some concealed-carry permits for bodyguards and others who now must take guns across state lines, or who want proof of their qualifications for business purposes.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 passed by a 231-198 vote.

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Another concern is the difficulty law enforcement officers may have determining the validity of an out-of-state concealed carry permit-especially when there is no national database. "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". "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. As the New York Times' article explained, "Some states ... require that permit applicants have live-fire experience and safety training, along with a clean criminal history". Leonard Lance (R-7) and Chris Smith (R-4)- voted no on the legislation, the first gun-related bill to be put up for a House vote since the deadly October mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The intention of concealed carry reciprocity is to allow people legally permitted to carry concealed weapons to do so throughout all states, akin to a driver's license.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said during House debate that his state forces gun owners to meet an array of conditions before obtaining a concealed-carry permit - in contrast to some states where "if you're 21 and have a pulse" you can get a gun permit.

The measure also included a host of carrot and stick incentives for federal agencies and states to step up reporting of prohibited firearms possessors to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System while speeding up the appeals process for those denied a gun transfer, setting a 60-day window for the latter. "The Congressman voted to make the job of our law enforcement agencies more hard and to allow untrained and potentially risky individuals to carry concealed weapons in New Jersey". Instead, we have the highest rate of gun deaths.

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