House passes bill allowing concealed carry across state lines

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"The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act will protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and allow those qualified to carry a concealed firearm to do so in any state that allows it".

"This risky legislation would allow gun owners to bring their guns into Boston unchecked and concealed at a time when my officers are working tirelessly to keep guns and the damage and devastation they cause out of our city", Evans said in the statement. But advocates for changing the law say that it eliminates criminal penalties for law-abiding citizens who travel out of state and are unaware that concealed carry permits do not transfer across state lines. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act made it through on a 231-198 vote. Democrats are largely opposed to the bill.

The House vote comes in the aftermath of a recent wave of deadly mass shootings across the nation.

The National Rifle Association would especially like to thank Rep. Richard Hudson, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise for their extraordinary efforts to pass this important legislation.

In the Senate, Democrats have said the combination bill is a non-starter, and senior Republicans have said that pairing the bills could torpedo them both. The bill requires a response to an appeal in no more than 60 days.

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"I'm proud of Texas, our history of responsible gun ownership and our requirements for a license to carry that seek to protect the ones we love from abusers, violent offenders, and stalkers", he added.

"Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen just voted in favor of a bill that puts the people of New Jersey at risk of more violence in their communities", Sherrill said.

The bill would allow persons who are eligible to carry a concealed weapon in their home state do so in any state that allows concealed carry by private individuals.

"This bill was the first piece of legislation I cosponsored after being sworn into Congress and I am glad to support its passage today", said a statement by Estes, who joined Congress in April after winning a special election to replace former Rep. Mike Pompeo. Giffords was the victim of a shooting in 2011.

The bill still needs to go to the Senate for a vote before it can become law.

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