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.
"This legislation is unsafe for the state of MA, our law enforcement officers, and our residents".
Hudson City Police Department Chief L. Edward Moore declined to comment on the politics of the issue, but said if the bill becomes law, the department will enforce it. As it is, states with strong gun control laws must contend with the easy flow of guns from states with lax laws. But critics point out that different states have different reqirements for obtaining such licenses.
This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.
It is worth noting that two of 14 Republicans who voted against the bill came from New Jersey: Chris Smith of Hamilton and Leonard Lance of Clinton Township. Fortunately, the latter faces a tough road in the Senate. And if it does pass, it's expected to face legal challenges.
"Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen just voted in favor of a bill that puts the people of New Jersey at risk of more violence in their communities", Sherrill said.
McMahon was among many city officials who denounced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (CCRA) for NY state. But advocates for changing the law say that it eliminates criminal penalties for law-abiding citizens who travel out of state and are unaware that concealed carry permits do not transfer across state lines.
"I find it ironic that we're being lectured to by people from big cities with a lot of gun control measures, but have some of the worst crime in the nation".
Any rational person would assume, after the recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, that the subsidiary of the NRA known as the U.S. House of Representatives would at least pause for a respectful period before passing more gun-friendly legislation.
"Kansans shouldn't have their Constitutional rights restricted simply because they travel out of state".
USA - -(Ammoland.com)- Are you afraid of the new Fix NICS H.R. 4477 that was attached to H.R. 38, the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act? House Democrats accused Republicans of "trickery" and "sabotage" in tying the two bills together. It now goes to the Senate.
"When the Founding Fathers penned the Second Amendment, the right of people to keep and bear arms was meant to empower individuals - a principle that has been solidified by recent Supreme Court decisions", Foxx said in a statement. This fundamental right does not stop at a state's borders and law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise this right when crossing state lines. And it would not establish a national standard for who is allowed to carry a hidden, loaded gun in public.
"Let's be clear: These politicians are trading our safety for political contributions from the gun lobby", she said. "I'm angry that when this country is begging for courage from our leaders, they are responding with cowardice".