Thursday, December 7, 2017

House Republicans Pass Bill Loosening Gun Restrictions Across State Lines

On Wednesday House Republicans passed legislation that would force states to honor concealed carry permits that we're issued in other states regardless of that states gun laws.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow anyone who is permitted to carry a hidden firearm in one state to legally carry the weapon across state lines. This would have a particularly dramatic impact in states that have tough concealed carry restrictions by making them honor the permits from other states with more lax gun laws.

The 231-198 vote, which was passed largely on party lines, is a GOP wet kiss to the National Rifle Association which has labeled the issue a high priority.

The vote illustrates congressional Republicans priorities as it comes one month after a shooter killed 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and roughly two months after 58 people were shot to death at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

Luckily the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is considered dead in the Senate as Republicans would need support from Democrats, who are less encumbered by gun lobby money and insane gun culture leanings, to overcome a filibuster there.

Pathetically, Wednesday's vote marked the first time since the Newtown Elementary School massacre, that took the lives of 20 children, that the House took up any significant gun legislation.

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