Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Stefanik votes in favor of concealed-carry reciprocity

Stefanik votes in favor of concealed-carry reciprocity

The bill would "end abuses in anti-gun states", said the National Rifle Association, which has championed the legislation as a priority.

Connecticut Democrat Rep. Elizabeth Esty - who represents Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six teachers and staff were killed in a 2012 mass shooting - said the bill would undermine states' rights, "hamstring law enforcement and allow risky criminals to walk around with hidden guns anywhere and at any time". The NRA-ILA reports IL state law on gun possession: "It is unlawful to carry or possess any firearm in any vehicle or concealed on or about the person, except on one's land or in one's abode or fixed place of business, without a license".

Esty said Republicans are catering to gun industry lobbyists by combining a bill on background checks with one making it easier to carry concealed guns across state lines.

"It's also helpful the Judiciary Committee is adding language requiring federal agencies to report to Congress to verify that they are complying with the law and reporting to the NICS system", said Hudson. After all, national reciprocity is about allowing law-abiding citizens to carry guns across state lines for self-defense, not about arming criminals. "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".

"I know we can't stop this bill", Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., said. 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 review comes after a Las Vegas gunman used the device during an October rampage that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more.

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.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said those who carry concealed handguns not only are better prepared to defend themselves, but can help others.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said the United States has had more than 300 mass shootings in 2017. In regard to the bill, Kris Brown said, "It is critical that we pass comprehensive reform of our Brady background check system that addresses both improved reporting of names and also closes the loopholes that today allow at least 1 in 5 guns to be purchased without a background check".

Democrats also criticized Republicans for including a bill on background checks in the concealed-carry legislation. The Air Force has discovered several dozen other such reporting omissions since the November 5 shooting. As of 2014, all 50 states recognize concealed carry rights, though some states have different statutes regulating such a right. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary panel's top ranking Democrat, said the uncertainty demands that Congress quickly approve legislation "to ban these risky devices". It would put more pressure on federal agencies and states to report crimes to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

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