Local lawmaker reacts to passed hide carry reciprocity bill

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But Democrats who opposed the bill said more lenient gun laws opens the door for more gun violence. The push comes as many continue to call for stricter gun laws in light of several recent mass shootings, including Las Vegas and Sandy Hook.

The author of the bill, Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., said CCW permits should be treated like driver licenses and marriage licenses, which are recognized across state lines. Esty represents Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 students and six educators were fatally shot in 2012.

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NY has some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation as a result of the SAFE Act, passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor in 2013 following the Sandy Hook shootings in CT.

The U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 allows a qualified individual to carry a concealed weapon in states that allow individuals to carry concealed weapons.

"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.

North Dakota class 1 license holders already have reciprocity with 39 states. "There are simply a handful of states that do not want citizens protecting themselves, and would let them become victims of violent crime". "'Concealed carry reciprocity' is a poison pill, and Congress should listen to the American people and reject it".

"Before we pass new laws, we should make sure that our current laws are being effectively followed and enforced", Grassley said.

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"Instead of focusing on working to craft commonsense gun reform such as the banning of risky bump-stocks, Congressional Republicans continue to cater to the whims of the gun lobby at the expense of the safety of our people". And some law enforcement officials argue that the bill doesn't take into account the different public safety challenges their cities face.

"It's unspeakable that this is Congress' response to the worst gun tragedies in American history", Esty said. The bill also doesn't expand which agencies are required to report records to NICS.

"I was pleased to help the House pass this important 2nd Amendment bill today and hope the Senate acts swiftly to send it to the president's desk", Stefanik said.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, top Democrat on the House Judiciary panel, said a background check provision "actually would save lives and should not be tethered" to the concealed-carry bill.

This bill was passed through the House committee along with the Fix NICS Act, which will aim to provide more accurate data collection under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Democrats angrily denounced the legislation, known as "concealed carry reciprocity". They had sought to keep the two proposals separate. What he would find is respect for the 2nd Amendment, police are able to do their job just fine, and people don't go around shooting each other over parking spaces.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department said Tuesday it is reviewing whether devices that allow semiautomatic rifles to fire faster should be banned.

Thomas Brandon told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the ATF and the Justice Department wouldn't have initiated a review of whether bump stocks should be banned "if that wasn't a possibility at the end".

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