Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., called the bill an attempt to undermine states' rights, "hamstring law enforcement and allow unsafe criminals to walk around with hidden guns anywhere and at any time". They would still have to adhere to established state and local laws. The push comes as many continue to call for stricter gun laws in light of several recent mass shootings, including Las Vegas and Sandy Hook. Any citizen who possess a valid concealed carry permit in one state can legally carry their firearm into another state. It's worth noting that Etsy represents Newton, Connecticut, the site of the unspeakable 2012 school shooting.
Republicans said the reciprocity measure, a top priority of the National Rifle Association, would allow gun owners to travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state laws or civil suits.
"National Concealed Carry Reciprocity has been in the making for 30 years and we are on the cusp of making it a reality".
Supporters of the legislation say those who have concealed guns are better equipped to defend themselves - and others.
"Are you serious? We have to make sure that never happens again", Hudson said.
"This is not the Congress I've known and loved so many years but it's the one we got", Slaughter added. "This is why a National Reciprocity bill was introduced by Congress". It's a big win for the NRA and much of the GOP, but opponents of the bill, mostly Democrats, are decrying it for the obvious risk it poses to public safety.
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"Instead of focusing on working to craft commonsense gun reform such as the banning of unsafe bump-stocks, Congressional Republicans continue to cater to the whims of the gun lobby at the expense of the safety of our people". It doesn't override state gun laws. "CT remains a prime example of what applying smart, bipartisan gun reform can accomplish, and we hope that Congress will follow suit", Malloy said in a statement on Wednesday. "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".
The reciprocity bill doesn't set a national standard for concealed carry or ease background checks. That's why law enforcement officials all over the country hate this bill.
Republicans in the Judiciary Committee combined a bill on background checks with the concealed-carry permits measure, a fact Democrats called unfortunate.
Some pro-gun groups have opposed the bill claiming it expands the background check system. They had sought to keep the two proposals separate.
Two New Jersey Republicans- Chris Smith of the 4th District and Leonard Lance of the 7th District-voted against the bill. Thomas Brandon told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the ATF and Justice Department would not have initiated the review "if (banning them) wasn't a possibility at the end". 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.