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Concealed-carry bill passes House; Frelinghuysen supports it

07 December 2017

The House on Wednesday passed a bill that makes it easier for gun owners to hide carry across state lines.

MacArthur said that the legislation will prevent wrongful convictions of people like Shaneen Allen, a Pennsylvania nurse who in 2013 was arrested in New Jersey for carrying her weapon, something that she did not think violated any laws since she had a permit issued from her state.

Law-abiding citizens need to the leeway to be armed because criminals are already armed and frequently use their guns to prey on unarmed innocents.

Opponents, mostly Democrats, said the bill could endanger public safety by overriding state laws that place strict limits on guns.

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In a statement Thursday, he said the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act preempts "common-sense gun laws". We wish to thank Congressman Richard Hudson for his bold and courageous leadership on this issue, as well as every House member who co-sponsored and voted for this important measure to protect and advance constitutional rights. This gem would force communities across the nation to permit individuals from other states to carry hidden and loaded handguns in public. This was a bipartisan step forward for NRA members and law-abiding firearms owners when it comes to the right to defend themselves.

Our senior senator pointed out that states such as North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Tennessee, Michigan and Georgia, to name just a handful, have gun permit standards that are not as safe as NY and geographies that are much more rural than urban. H.R. 38 allows Americans who have concealed-carry permits in one state to legally carry a firearm in all 50 states.

Guns can not be carried in New Jersey.

Rep. Andy Harris, in a statement this week hailing the bill passing the House, said the legislation will in fact make the country safer. So far this year, 14,412 people have died and 29,277 have been injured in firearm-related incidents in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The Air Force has discovered several dozen other such reporting omissions since the November 5 shooting.

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The lower chamber approved the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act in a 231-198 vote.

The legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

People would be able to bring legal, concealed guns into any US state under legislation the House of Representatives approved on Wednesday that would also bolster the national background check system and require a study of the "bump stocks" used in October's Las Vegas mass shooting.

"I urge the Senate to reject this disastrous legislation".

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This story was reported by The Associated Press.

Concealed-carry bill passes House; Frelinghuysen supports it