The bill now heads to the Senate. Called "the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act", the bill was proposed by Doug Collins of Georgia in January and sponsored by Richard Hudson of North Carolina and amends Title 18 of the US Code, "to provide a means by which nonresidents of a State whose residents may carry concealed firearms may also do so in the State".
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The vote was largely along party lines with Democrats blasting and Republicans supporting the measure.
Beyond being a basic constitutional right, states that do not allow non-residents to carry concealed weapons leave these citizens in danger and with no real option for self-defense in instances of gun violence. "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".
Opponents of the bill said it would override state laws and increase crime.
The bill passed 231 to 198.
Congress should reject Concealed Carry Reciprocity, and pass a clean "Fix NICS Act", which has won wide bipartisan support, will improve reporting of risky people to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and will improve safety of communities across the country. "I encourage the Senate to act quickly to protect the rights of Montanans to carry concealed firearms", Gianforte said.
"Nobody knows better than local law enforcement officers who should or shouldn't be permitted to carry a gun in their neighborhood". The Congressman is a strong Second Amendment supporter, as well as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, who after terror attacks at a recruitment center and military facility near Chattanooga in 2015, guided passage of a law allowing more service members to carry firearms on base.
Concealed carry reciprocity is the gun lobby's top priority legislation.
Kansas doesn't require a permit to carry concealed, so other states' permit standards wouldn't apply to Kansans traveling there.
Twelve states do not require permits, which means residents of those states could be allowed to carry a concealed weapon in NY without ever having a background check or meeting any other safety requirements.
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