"Your fundamental right to keep and bear arms should not end at the state line", the National Rifle Association argues in support of the bill.
The House of Representatives passed a controversial measure Wednesday that would allow gun owners with concealed carry permits from one state to carry them in other jurisdictions. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ensures that the Constitutional rights of Americans do not end simply because they cross a state. 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. As of 2014, all 50 states recognize concealed carry rights, though some states have different statutes regulating such a right. They would still have to adhere to established state and local laws.
Even if the measure passes in the House, it would likely be dead on arrival in the Senate, however, where Republicans must convince at least eight Democrats to join them in order to overcome a legislative filibuster. She says "that will be a good thing to do".
However, critics of the bill question how it would impact states' rights and predicted it would lead to an uptick in violent crime.
Now, Congress chose to fix the National Instant Criminal Background Check System with this bill, while including a national concealed carry reciprocity provision.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a 2011 shooting, said she was furious over the bill's passage. "Any talk about this legislation assisting risky criminals is irrational since criminals can not get permits to carry guns", Connecticut Citizens Defense League President Scott Wilson Sr. said in a statement to Channel 3 on Wednesday.
The bill also includes a provision supporters say would help to prevent tragedies like the massacre at a Texas church in November.
The Air Force has acknowledged that the Texas shooter, Devin P. Kelley, should have had his name and domestic violence conviction submitted to the National Criminal Information Center database.
The bill also proposes improvements to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System and requires a response within 60 days to people who believe they were mistakenly added to the system.
"If you're a felon in the United States, you're not allowed to possess a firearm", Katko, R-Camillus, said.
The Senate is considering a bipartisan bill to strengthen the Federal Bureau of Investigation database of prohibited gun buyers after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church. For starters, there's disagreement with having the Fix NICS and concealed carry provision in the same bill.
Many Democrats were also incensed that the bill was merged with two other measures with bipartisan support.
Connecticut Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who represents Newtown, where almost five years ago 20 elementary school children and six teachers were murdered in a mass shooting, called the bill "an outrage and an insult to the families" of those killed by gun violence. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, would address the criminal database concerns.
"The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is common sense legislation that will only make our country safer".