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U.S. House passes first major gun bill since Las Vegas…and it makes things worse

Rep. Richard Hudson

You’ve got to hand it to the Trumpists running the U.S. government; just about every time you think they’ve hit rock bottom, they pull out their shovels and start digging the national hole a little deeper. As Rebekah Entralgo of Think Progress reports, the latest outrage involves guns.

In the first major legislation to move forward since the horrific Las Vegas tragedy, the NRA and their paid employees in the U.S. House have approved a bill (the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act”) that was first put forth by North Carolina’s Richard Hudson and that would force every state in the union to abide by the laws of the states with the lowest level of regulation of concealed weapons. This is from Entralgo’s story:

The bill, called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would effectively allow residents from states with looser restrictions on concealed weapons to circumvent states with tighter gun laws. For example, a resident of Mississippi, where it is legal to carry a concealed gun without a permit, would be able to bring their firearms into a state like New York or Massachusetts, where residents are required by law to demonstrate a need for self-protection in order to carry without a permit.

In response to Wednesday’s vote, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt by a gunman in 2012, released a statement, saying,

“Congress has failed the American people. 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 dangerous, untrained people to carry guns in every state and every city. Let’s be clear: These politicians are trading our safety for political contributions from the gun lobby. Studies show states with weaker concealed carry laws let people with violent criminal histories carry guns in public, and as a result those states have more violent crime and murder. If you live in a safe community now, this legislation undermines law enforcement and shreds the laws that protect you.”

In her statement, Giffords cited research out of Stanford University that found state right-to-carry legislation is linked to an increase in violent crime.

In addition to being the first major piece of gun legislation passed after two mass shootings, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is also the the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) first big win during the Trump presidency. The NRA, which spent roughly $50 million last year to help elect President Trump, has called the reciprocity legislation its “highest legislative priority in Congress.”

The House victory also comes as Americans nationwide begin calling for increased gun control. Gallup polling from October and November found that at least 60 percent of Americans support tighter gun laws.

There is some hope that the bill will fail to muster the 60 votes it will need to pass the Senate. Stay tuned. For more information check out the website of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence at www.ncgv.org.

 

4 Comments


  1. David Hollar

    December 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Please view Hudson’s NRA interview regarding the bill, especially just after the 7:30 mark. They note that, if someone can’t qualify for CCW at their current locale, the person could simply get a non-resident permit from a different, less regulated state.
    https://www.facebook.com/NationalRifleAssociation/videos/10156176590106833/?comment_id=1137843806353187

  2. John Hanig

    December 8, 2017 at 6:26 am

    In the interest of a kinder, more gentle world, I will turn in my guns when the cops do the same. Then we’ll have all the guns accounted for. Won’t it be great?

  3. Jeremy Stretch

    December 8, 2017 at 9:35 am

    North Carolina already honors permits from every other state (see § 14-415.24), and 38 states honor NC permits. If passed, this legislation would have no effect on residents of North Carolina other than to obligate the remaining states to honor our permits as well.

  4. Sean D Sorrentino

    December 8, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve always wondered why anti-gunners were so afraid of their neighbors. I understand if they’re afraid of criminals. It’s just common sense to be afraid of people who would assault you, rape you, or murder you out of greed or just plain evil. But Concealed Handgun Permit holders are people who have no prior felony convictions or they couldn’t even legally buy a gun much less carry it. These are people unlikely in the extreme to commit any sort of violence against their neighbors. Yet anti-gun people act like they will suddenly snap and start murdering people.

    I really think that’s the root of the problem. Fear of their neighbors. Fear of the people you know and deal with on a daily basis. Fear so crushing that they have to try to use the power of government to take away the civil rights of these neighbors.

    It must be so painful to live like that. You have my sympathy.

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