Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

US House Approves Easing of Interstate Rules on Concealed Guns

US House Approves Easing of Interstate Rules on Concealed Guns

The House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday that authorizes gun owners who possess hide and carry permits to travel with their weapons to other jurisdictions that issue such permits. But in order to sweeten the deal, the House Republican leadership attached the measure to a bipartisan effort to strengthen the existing system of background checks on gun buyers. In effect, MA law would have to bow to states with lax or nonexistent restrictions, even though study after study has shown that the more guns present in a society, the greater the violence. "I will continue to protect the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners".

Supporters of the bill, which still must be approved by the Senate, say states recognize each others' drivers licenses and other permits, making concealed-carry permits the exception. "Anybody with a permit from another state with much less stringent requirements could come into CT, walk into the convention center, or Rensselaer Stadium with a concealed gun, using another state's permit, possibly with a domestic violence conviction or mental health issues", Sen. A Senate version of concealed-carry reciprocity, which has yet to receive a vote, does not contain that provision.

NY has some of the strongest gun laws in the country. In some of these states, according to Schumer, concealed carry permits have been legally issued to convicted felons. Right now a person has to find out what the law says in each state that they are traveling in so they don't get arrested. Some states already have concealed carry reciprocity and it has had deadly consequences.

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Most states grant hide and carry permits but issuance standards vary significantly between jurisdictions.

Republicans said it allows gun owners to travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state laws or civil suits.

But she blasted Republicans for including the measure in a "horrible bill" that she said will overturn tough gun laws in states such as CT and ensure that "the lowest common denominator would reign for the entire country". "In some of the states with much looser concealed-carry they actually have more limits on where you can carry because so many people are carrying".

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This legislation has been a 30-year priority for the NRA, which still uses the hoary and bankrupt argument that if more people possess guns - whether openly carried or concealed - society will be the safer for it.

"Concealed Carry Reciprocity" would make those weakest links the law of the land.

But 24 state attorneys general disagreed.

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