Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Concealed Weapon Reciprocity Act Headed to the Senate

Concealed Weapon Reciprocity Act Headed to the Senate

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, backed by Republicans, was adopted in a 231-198 vote that mostly followed party lines.

Supporters say the proposal would give law-abiding citizens the ability to protect themselves when they travel, but critics say it eviscerates states' rights to uphold their own firearms standards by allowing gun owners who obtain permits from states with lesser requirements to carry in all 50 states. The NRA-ILA reports IL state law on gun possession: "It is unlawful to carry or possess any firearm in any vehicle or concealed on or about the person, except on one's land or in one's abode or fixed place of business, without a license".

WASHINGTON-The Republican-led House is weighing a bill to make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, as the Trump administration says it is reviewing whether to ban "bump stock" devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire faster. Additionally, it puts the burden of proof on the state to show an individual carrying a concealed firearm violated the law, protecting law-abiding gun owners from burdensome civil lawsuits.

"Ten states refuse to recognize any out-of-state concealed carry permits, and many more refuse to recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits unless certain conditions are met", the letter read. In fact, he is not even permitted to have his gun in his vehicle, even though he has a concealed carry permit from Kentucky, and this is because IL only recognizes its own carry permit.

I wish every state were constitutional carry, in which you don't need a permit to carry a firearm, but we all can't get what we want.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a 2011 shooting, said she was furious over the bill's passage. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Congress must wield its legislative powers carefully when it comes to fundamental liberties such as the right to bear arms, and he pointed to existing laws covering background checks and automatic weapons. The shooter, Devin Kelley, was a disturbed man who was court-martialed for domestic abuse in 2012, sentenced to a year in jail upon conviction, and was given a bad conduct discharge in 2014. The Air Force has discovered several dozen other such reporting omissions since the November 5 shooting. The Fix NICS provisions now contained in the combined bill establish incentives for states and federal agencies to better comply with current law on reporting disqualifying criminal and mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The goal is to ensure the crime database has the most up-to-date information available.

"National Concealed Carry Reciprocity has been in the making for 30 years and we are on the cusp of making it a reality". Ideally, this would help keep guns out of the hands of convicted criminals.

Despite the strong support for the bill in the House, its fate in the Senate is unclear.

The measure now goes to the U.S. Senate.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the number two Senate GOP Leader, said on Monday that merging the gun bills complicated the path forward in the Senate and suggested splitting off the background check fix.

Democrats also criticized Republicans for including a bill on background checks in the concealed-carry legislation.

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