The bill would "end abuses in anti-gun states", said the National Rifle Association, which has championed the legislation as a priority.
"Congress should enact concealed-carry reciprocity legislation, to help implement and enforce the constitutional right to self-defense for millions of law-abiding Americans across the country".
But Democrats who opposed the bill said more lenient gun laws opens the door for more gun violence. In Florida, a state with notoriously weak concealed carry laws, 1,400 concealed carry permit holders were found to be felons.
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. To date, more than 90,000 active military members and veterans have received expedited concealed weapon licenses.
Although Republicans are attaching a modest background check measure to the bill, the package would have the cumulative effect of making it legal for people to carry concealed weapons in more places.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, top Democrat on the House Judiciary panel, said the background-check provision "actually would save lives and should not be tethered" to the concealed-carry reciprocity bill. Someone who gets a gun in Vermont, one of 12 states that allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit, would be able to also carry it concealed in neighboring NY, a state where it's much more hard to get a license and where other states' permits aren't now recognized.
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Advocates for the bill said gun owners should not lose their right to carry as they travel across state lines.
The bill passed mostly along party lines, 231-198, with six Democrats supporting it.
However, 17 attorneys general, including N.C.'s Attorney General Josh Stein, signed a letter to lawmakers opposing the bill. That's why law enforcement officials all over the country hate this bill.
As House members voted on Arm Anyone, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee met today to discuss ways to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and address a bill to ban bump stock accessories. The fix has widespread support in the wake of this year's shootings in Las Vegas and Southerland Springs, Texas.
The Air Force has acknowledged that the Texas shooter, Devin Kelley, should have had his name and domestic violence conviction submitted to the National Criminal Information Center database.
The bill now goes to the Senate for another vote. "I urge leaders in Congress to dump the national concealed weapons bill and work together to keep deadly weapons away from people we all already agree shouldn't have them", Murphy said in a statement on Wednesday. "It's outrageous", said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.
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"Concealed carry reciprocity is the NRA's highest legislative priority in Congress", wrote the NRA in a press release on November 27.
Opposition to the reciprocity measure is well-funded and getting a lot of attention.
The House-approved bill retains private individual, state or local government ability to restrict the possession of concealed firearms on certain property.
Hudson is hopeful that the bill will be considered on its merits, rather than be caught up in the emotion surrounding violence and tragedy. "NY state has done that".
"An overwhelming majority of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity".
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