By Alicia Powe
WASHINGTON – A bill to allow gun owners with concealed carry permits in one state to legally carry their weapons in any other state overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday, by a vote of 231-198 in the GOP-controlled chamber, including six Democrats who voted in support.
Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., introduced the legislation, the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” (H.R. 38), on Jan. 3. It treats concealed carry permits like driver’s licenses, validating a permit from one state in the other 49, in order to spare lawful gun owners having to navigate a confusing patchwork of concealed carry laws around the nation.
The interstate concealed carry legislation is a “win for all those who believe in the sovereign rights of gun owners and preserving the rights of our Constitution,” Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., told WND after voting for the bill Wednesday.
“We shouldn’t have innocent people going from state to getting arrested for reasons that are unjustified, for carrying concealed,” he said.
Pittenger slammed Democratic lawmakers who are “predisposed to controlling guns,” telling WND: “They are under the wrong assumption that gun control is going to be the answer, that it’s the antidote to everything related to violence. It’s pure nonsense. If that were true, cities [like] Chicago, Boston, London, they would see the absence of violence, crime and murder, and that’s not the case.”
While the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” alleviates stringent interstate gun laws, the legislation was conjoined with the Fix NICS Act, a bill introduced by a bipartisan group of senators in November, and designed to make the reporting requirements for the National Instant Background Check System (NCIS) more stringent.
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