HR 38 Passes In House

By Tom Knighton

The United States House of Representatives has passed H.R. 38, the national reciprocity bill currently before Congress a short time ago. This is a bill that many in the Second Amendment Rights community has been clamoring for over the last few years.

The vote was 231-198.

From the office of Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia:

ep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38). The legislation permits individuals with a concealed carry permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that allows it.

“The Second Amendment is alive and well, and passing this bill reaffirms the constitutional right of every law-abiding American to keep and bear arms,” said Rep. Graves. “With concealed carry reciprocity, those who legally hold a concealed carry permit in one state can carry in another state without fear of accidentally breaking its laws.”

The case of Shaneen Allen is an example of why H.R. 38 is necessary. In 2013, Ms. Allen, a single mother of two, was arrested in New Jersey for unlawful possession of a weapon even though she was licensed to carry a concealed firearm in her home state of Pennsylvania. After spending 40 days in jail and losing her job, she was pardoned by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

The Shaneen Allen case is one that has enraged gun rights activists throughout the nation. However, Ms. Allen was far from the only person to encounter such treatment.

Not everyone is thrilled with this, however. Giffords had their own statement:

“Congress has failed the American people. After two of our nation’s worst mass shootings, Congress took direct instruction from the gun lobby and passed a bill that will override existing state laws and allow dangerous, untrained people to carry guns in every state and every Click to see the original article