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House weighs gun bill as ATF reviews 'bump stock' devices

House weighs gun bill as ATF reviews 'bump stock' devices

"After two of our nation's worst mass shootings, Congress took direct instruction from the gun lobby and passed a bill that will override existing state laws and allow risky, untrained people to carry guns in every state and every city".

The proposal, H.R.38, slid through the House on a Republican-heavy 231-198 roll call after a brief debate.

The House approved a Republican bill on Wednesday making it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines.

"House Republicans just ignored opposition from law enforcement and the public in order to eviscerate state gun laws and make it easy for people with unsafe histories and no training to carry hidden, loaded guns across the country", said John Feinblatt, Everytown president.

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The bill now heads to the Senate. We wouldn't recommend holding your breathe in hopes of a quick ruling, however.

Should reciprocity sweep Congress and be signed into law by President Donald Trump, both the Everytown group and Giffords have promised to meet the federal government in court over the expansion, using the argument that it would violate states' rights protected by the Constitution.

The measure would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons.

Although permits are not required in Kansas, the state does issue some concealed-carry permits for bodyguards and others who now must take guns across state lines, or who want proof of their qualifications for business purposes.

"This risky legislation would allow gun owners to bring their guns into Boston unchecked and concealed at a time when my officers are working tirelessly to keep guns and the damage and devastation they cause out of our city", Evans said in the statement.

Local lawmakers spoke out strongly against the House passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity act, which would force NY to allow out-of-staters to carry concealed weapons in the city.

Under the broad strokes of the House-passed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, having a concealed-carry permit issued by one state makes it legal to carry in any state.

The bill also makes improvements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, NICS.

Most states grant hide and carry permits but issuance standards vary significantly between jurisdictions. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime.

Concealed carry reciprocity is the gun lobby's top priority legislation.

Twelve states do not require permits, which means residents of those states could be allowed to carry a concealed weapon in NY without ever having a background check or meeting any other safety requirements.