House Republicans voted on Wednesday for concealed carry permits in the United States, garnering a big victory for gun rights advocates.
But similar legislation in the Senate still faces an uncertain future, with the leading Democrats and other weapons-control advocates opposing Capitol Hill.
The Hidden Transportation Reciprocity Law passed 231-198 in the House controlled by the Republicans, with six Democrats voting in support.
"For the millions of law-abiding citizens who legally carry hidden to protect themselves, for conservatives who want to strengthen our Second Amendment rights, and for the overwhelming majority of Americans who support hidden reciprocity, Christmas came early , "Rep. Richard Hudson, RN.C., the sponsor of the bill, reacted.
Hudson had tried unsuccessfully for years to pass that legislation, which says he simply tries to clear up the mosaic of state laws that confuse citizens who might be unwittingly rested while going from state to state.
"Despite the fear tactics of the opponents of the law, the license holders of concealed carry as a group have proven to be more respectful of the law than the general population and even the police."
The three-term congressman has garnered strong support for his bipartisan legislation, including 213 co-sponsors, as well as 24 state attorneys general and the National Rifle Association.
"Despite the fear tactics of the opponents of the law, the license holders of undercover carriers as a group have proven to be more respectful of the law than the general population and even the police," the NRA said before the vote. "We are on the eve of approving the broadest self-defense legislation in the history of Congress."
The New York Democratic representative, Jerrold Nadler, said at a rally outside the House chambers, that the Hudson bill represented "a gift for the arms lobby."
Another critic is Jane Dougherty, whose sister, a teacher, died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012. She said: "This bill would weaken the laws that I have worked hard for."
Attendees at the rally continued to argue that the bill would put guns in the hands of criminals, and suggested that those in the states with loose hidden porter laws could exercise those privileges in places like New York City that have more stringent requirements.
"When I go to New York, I have to follow the laws of New York," Hudson said recently to "Fox News @ Night." "He also contends that the bill in no way softens the background checks.
Those in the rally also argued that the House bill was combined with the so-called" Fix NICS "legislation so that it could be approved. The law of reciprocity includes efforts to create "maximum coordination" in the states that provide the federal government with mental health records and other information for the criminal background checks of the FBI.
The Fix NICS Act of 2017 is a bill that applies sanctions to government agencies for not reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
"They are combining these with legislation because they know that the concealment (bill) is extremely unpopular," said Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy. Murphy praised Texas Senator John Cornyn, a Republican who sponsored the Senate version of legislation of concealed carry, for keeping the measures separate.
Defenders of gun control will also receive $ 25 million from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, through his Everytown for Gun Safety group, to block the reciprocity bill.
Cornyn's bill is now on the Judiciary Committee of his chamber.
In 2013, Cornyn received support from 13 Democrats, including seven who are still in the Senate. I would need your support and more to approve the measure with a majority of 60 votes, considering that Republicans have 52 senators in the chamber.