Two months after the deadliest shooting in modern US history, the House passed legislation on Wednesday that would allow people to use permits to carry concealed weapons through state lines while also increasing the background check system .
Despite bipartisan support to improve background checks for the purchase of weapons, the bill passed along the party lines, 231-198, due to the Democratic opposition to the measure of reciprocity of covert carry.
Fourteen Republicans voted "no", including a mix of conservatives and centrists.
"Throw millions of dollars into a flawed program and it will lead to more law-abiding citizens being deprived of their right to bear and bear arms," Massie wrote in a Facebook post before of the vote. [1
Attaching the covert carry-over measure jeopardizes the bipartisan measure to reinforce background checks in the Senate.
Legislation passed by the House faces an uncertain future in the upper house, where Democrats will surely block the concealed carryover, but a bipartisan coalition has enough votes to break an obstruction in improving background checks.
According to the legislation of the Chamber, persons with permits to carry concealed firearms could do so in any state that allows concealed weapons.
Individuals could only use their concealed transportation permits in other states that allow the practice if they carry a valid photo ID issued by the government and are legally authorized to possess a concealed handgun. They should still adhere to established state and local laws.
Hidden haul reciprocity is one of the main legislative priorities for the National Rifle Association, which has resisted proposals to restrict access to weapons in response to mass shootings.
Rep. Richard Hudson Richard Lane Hudson Discusses the budget strategy of the Republican Party Dem proposes to repeal the capitol arms ban in response to the hidden carriage law This week: Congress tries to avoid a closure MORE (RN. C.), the author of the hidden bill, compared the measure of hidden carry reciprocity with the way in which driver's licenses and marriage licenses are recognized in all states.
He gave an example of a single mother in South Philadelphia who had been assaulted twice and bought a gun to protect herself. But she traveled to New Jersey, which did not acknowledge her permission to take concealed in Pennsylvania.
"If I marry in North Carolina but move to Arizona, I'm not a single man again, they recognize that marriage," Hudson said during the floor debate of the House. "The concealed transport permit must be recognized in the same way."
Armed reform groups lobbied against the hidden carry measure. Mark Kelly, co-founder of a group named after his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Said that politics does not work if people are not properly trained.
Kelly recalled how a well-meaning man with a concealed weapon almost shot one of the people responsible for the shooter's fight that almost killed Giffords in a 2011 shooting match.
"The situation that was experienced in the Safeway parking lot that day shows the potential for tragedy and bloodshed when untrained people carrying loaded weapons react to a crisis, even with the best intentions, an armed person without training. Extensive firearms that must respond under pressure in a crisis will risk making the situation worse, not improving, "Kelly wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.
varied requirements for carrying concealed weapons, such as firearm safety training, age limits, and prohibitions on individuals with abusive backgrounds.
The package also included a bill of the Rep. John Culberson John Abney CulbersonDem proposes to repeal Capitol gun prohibits responding to covert possession act This week: Congress seeks to avoid closure Seven Texas legislators who leave Congress means a younger, more diverse delegation MORE (R-Texas) that would ensure that authorities report criminal records to the National Criminal Records Check System (NICS) and penalize agencies that do not inform the FBI.
Democrats supported the background check measure, but were reluctant to include covert cover reciprocity.
"Unfortunately, the dangers posed by the hidden portion of reciprocity carry far more than the benefits of NICS improvements," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY), the highest ranking Democrat in the House. Judicial Committee
The shooter responsible for the November 5 massacre at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was prohibited from buying or possessing a gun due to a domestic violence conviction while serving in the Air Force. But the Air Force did not enter the criminal record into the federal database used for criminal background checks.
Another provision in the bill is a direct response to the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas, which killed nearly 60 people and injured more than 500 more.
Police authorities found a dozen devices known as potholes, which are used to make guns fire faster, in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter.
The measure would require the Justice Department to congress on the number of times a pothole has been used in a crime. It is much less strict than the bipartisan projects presented in Congress since the shooting in Las Vegas to ban the manufacture, sale and use of the devices.
But before the vote on Wednesday, the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced on Tuesday that it is considering a possible ban on certain actions.
Lawmakers have been pushing for the Trump administration to clarify whether impact stocks violate the ban on fully automatic weapons manufactured after 1986.
"The normative clarification we started today will help us continue to protect the American people carrying out the laws duly promulgated by our representatives in Congress, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions Jefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SesionesMoore receives momentum from Bannon in the last days of the campaign Regulation of the night: the federals press to clarify the rules on stocks | Interior wants Trump to reduce two more monuments | Navajo Nation against the restoration of the monument | FCC will not delay net neutrality vote | The Senate panel approves a bill to facilitate Dodd-Frank's rules Mueller's lieutenant sent an email saying he was proud that Sally Yates MORE said in a statement.
"[T] the refusal to significantly address dangerous stocks in this legislation is inexplicable and contrary to the position of the majority of Americans and the overwhelming majority of responsible gun owners," Curbelo said in a statement. release.
– This story was updated at 6 P.M. EST