House passes concealed carry gun bill in win for GOP and NRA

The House passed legislation to permit concealed carry license holders to conceal a handgun in other states, the first time Congress has taken action on a gun bill since President Donald Trump was sworn into office.

The "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act," a top priority for the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups, passed 231-198. Six House Democrats crossed the aisle and voted for the measure, while 14 Republicans opposed it.

Senate Democrats are strongly opposed to the bill, arguing it would override individual states' efforts to control who can carry concealed weapons inside their borders and create what is in essence a national gun license.

Also included in House GOP gun package is a proposal to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the national system of criminal background checks managed by the FBI. Calls for an NICS revamp grew louder after the recent mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which left 26 churchgoers dead. After the shooting, the Air Force revealed it had failed to report the gunman’s 2012 conviction on domestic violence to the database, which would have barred him from making a lawful gun purchase.

A third provision requests that Attorney General Jeff Sessions give an official Justice Department position on whether the use of "bump stocks" — a device that increases the rate of fire for semi-automatic rifles — would lead to additional criminal penalties. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is evaluating whether it can regulate bump-stock sales.

Comments

Privacy Policy

House passes concealed carry gun bill in win for GOP and NRA is dedicated to protecting consumer privacy on the Internet. Our practices are consistent with privacy guidelines established by eTrust.com.

House passes concealed carry gun bill in win for GOP and NRA does not require any personal information to obtain access to our website.

House passes concealed carry gun bill in win for GOP and NRA does require limited personal information including name and mailing address from individuals wishing to join as members. Additional information such as e-mail address and phone number may also be requested in order that we may contact members in a timely manner on issues related to our mission.

You will only receive e-mail from us if you request to be added to our e-mail list. You may revise or remove your e-mail address from our files at any time.

House passes concealed carry gun bill in win for GOP and NRA uses "cookie" technology to obtain non-personal information from our online visitors, such as browser/computer type, number of visitors, and site usage. We do not use cookies to extract personal information.

Our website contains links to other sites, but House passes concealed carry gun bill in win for GOP and NRA does not necessarily advocate, support or condone the privacy practices or content of these websites.

House passes concealed carry gun bill in win for GOP and NRA makes all information received from our online visitors as secure as possible against unauthorized access and use. All information is protected by state-of-the-art security technology.

House passes concealed carry gun bill in win for GOP and NRA respects the individual privacy rights and concerns of visitors to our website. We support meaningful self-regulation of the Internet to ensure that responsible organizations maintain the right to use all communications media to interact with the public.