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House OKs GOP bill expanding gun owners' rights

07 December 2017

But opponents said it would trample on laws in some states with tighter restrictions on carrying loaded guns in public, such as NY and California.

"It's now an open question whether a gun owner with a concealed carry permit from another state can legally walk into a NY school with a gun", said Wilson, citing a discussion with a teacher at a recent public forum in Saratoga.

Republicans said the bill would allow gun owners to travel without having to worry about conflicting state laws.

It wasn't even that close of a vote (231-198), but it was largely consistent with partisan opinions on the issue of gun control.

Despite any concerns it has with the Fix NICS Act, GOA encouraged members of Congress to vote for the combined bill in hopes that the package had a better chance of passing the Senate.

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But she said Republicans were catering to the gun lobby by including the measure in a "horrible bill" on concealed-carry permits. She declined to say who might be punished for the failure and what the penalties might be.

The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the agency expects to regulate bump-stock devices and could end up banning them.

On Wednesday in the nation's capitol, U.S. Representatives passed a bill allowing extension of the concealed carry concept into other states. Moreover, in those states one rarely, if ever, even sees a gun. On Wednesday, the day the bill is now scheduled for debate on the House floor, the Newtown Foundation will hold a pre-planned vigil in Washington, D.C., with coordinated ones across the country to raise awareness about gun violence.

"If more guns made people safer, we'd be the safest country on earth", said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.

"There are federal laws that could be expanded and strengthened right now to protect families and our communities, schools and workplaces, from gun violence", Cobb told a reporter at a event in Elizabethtown on Wednesday.

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The Air Force has acknowledged that the Texas shooter, Devin P. Kelley, should have had his name and domestic violence conviction submitted to the National Criminal Information Center database. Fletcher had an N.C. concealed carry permit, but was arrested on felony gun possession charges because his permit wasn't recognized there. The Air Force has discovered several dozen other such reporting omissions since the November 5 shooting.

House GOP leaders plan to pair the concealed carry bill with a separate measure that aims to shore up the federal background check system. He called it a cynical maneuver to force Democrats to cast a politically unpopular vote against background checks.

"We are in the thick of the legislative process and a so-called 'pro-gun group, ' which is nothing more than a fundraising entity, is spreading lies about the FIX NICS legislation that was attached to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act", Lars Dalseide, a spokesperson for the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, told the Washington Free Beacon.

The legislation would also mandate a study of "bump stock" rapid fire devices, used in October's mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Justice Department announced Tuesday a review of bump stocks to determine whether weapons using them should be considered illegal machine guns under federal law. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary panel's top ranking Democrat, said the uncertainty demands that Congress quickly approve legislation "to ban these risky devices".

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The bill contained additional measures, such as requiring the Department of Justice issue a report to Congress on bump stocks, and tightening up reporting requirements to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

House OKs GOP bill expanding gun owners' rights