The U.S. House of Representatives voted to sharply expand gun rights with a “yay” vote on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
The vote goes a long way toward making concealed-carry permits valid across state lines, a major victory for 2nd Amendment supporters.
It is uncertain, however, if the Senate will vote the bill into law.
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“Despite scare tactics by the bill’s opponents, concealed-carry licensees as a group have proven to be more law-abiding than the general population and even the police,” the NRA said before balloting. “We are on the eve of passing the most expansive piece of self-defense legislation in the history of Congress.”
New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler said at a rally outside House chambers, that Hudson’s bill represented “a gift to the gun lobby.”
Another critic is Jane Dougherty, whose sister, a teacher, was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. She said, “This bill would weaken laws that I have worked hard for.”
Those attending the rally continued to make the argument that the bill would put guns in the hands of criminals, and suggested that those from states with loose concealed-carry laws would be able to exercise those privileges in places like New York City that have stricter requirements.
“When I go to New York, I have to follow New York’s laws,” Hudson recently told “Fox News @ Night.” He also maintains that the bill in no way softens background checks.
Those at the rally also also contended that the House bill was combined with so-called “Fix NICS” legislation so it could pass. The reciprocity bill includes efforts to create “maximum coordination” in states providing the federal government with mental health records and other information for FBI gun background checks.
The Fix NICS Act of 2017 is a bill that applies penalties to government agencies for not reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
As was said on the TV show Breaking Bad, “a man steps to you with violent intent, you’ve got every right to aim and fire.”
Even if you’re not in your home state.