Just two months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, House Republicans passed an NRA-backed bill that would expand gun rights by allowing gun owners to use their concealed carry permit in any state that has its own concealed carry laws without having to get a new permit.
House GOP leaders combined a bill to enhance background checks for gun purchases with the concealed-carry reciprocity measure, leading to massive Democratic opposition. The bill passed along party lines 231-198.
The combined package included a bill from Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) that would penalize agencies that did not report criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
“Unfortunately, the dangers posed by the concealed carry reciprocity portion of the bill greatly outweigh the benefits of the NICS improvements,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.), the acting ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
The Hill adds:
Attaching the concealed-carry reciprocity measure puts the bipartisan measure to beef up the background checks in jeopardy in the Senate. The legislation as passed by the House faces an uncertain future in the upper chamber, where Democrats are sure to block the concealed-carry measure but a bipartisan coalition has enough votes to break a filibuster on enhancing background checks.
Under the House legislation, people with permits for carrying concealed handguns could do so in any state that allows concealed weapons.
People could only use their concealed-carry permits in other states that allow the practice if they are carrying a valid government-issued photo ID and are lawfully licensed to possess a concealed handgun. They would still have to adhere to established state and local laws.