By Savannah Smith  |  12-07-2017   News
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“Christmas came early” for the influential National Rifle Association ( NRA) as the House passed a controversial bill on Wednesday that would make concealed-carry gun permits issued by any state to be valid nationwide. Republicans in the House, with the support of six Democrats, gave the holiday “gift “to millions of gun owners with the bill’s passing.

The House vote at the 231-198 margin is predictably being celebrated by gun-rights groups, especially the prime proponent of the bill, the NRA. The NRA posted a message on Twitter expressing their seal of approval for the bill, saying it is something they have been fighting for so long.

The message read: “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves, and their loved ones including when they cross state lines.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisCoxNRA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ChrisCoxNRA</a> “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves, and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HR38?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HR38</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GunSense?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GunSense</a> <a href="https://t.co/bmxi5Xzobv">https://t.co/bmxi5Xzobv</a></p>&mdash; NRA (@NRA) <a href="https://twitter.com/NRA/status/938541397166252033?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 6, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The NRA also posted a celebratory tweet for the bill’s passage:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HR38?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HR38</a> passed through the house!!! 🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏<a href="https://t.co/Q194zSBBlQ">https://t.co/Q194zSBBlQ</a></p>&mdash; NRA (@NRA) <a href="https://twitter.com/NRA/status/938534781138165762?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 6, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Prior to the vote, the NRA, also a powerful lobbying group, issued a statement this week saying that: “concealed-carry licensees as a group have proven to be more law-abiding than the general population and even the police.”

The NRA also describes the House bill as: “’the most expansive piece of self-defense legislation in the history of Congress.”

Lawmakers in favor of the reciprocity including Rep. Richard Hudson have been arguing that the disparate laws provide the risk that someone legally carrying a firearm could unknowingly break the law by crossing into another U.S. state.

Opponents of the bill are claiming on the other hand that reciprocity would weaken existing gun laws.

The bill also included a measure known as “Fix NICs”’ which would mete out penalties on government agencies failing to report information from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Again, opponents found fault in this arguing that combining the two issues were meant to help the overall bill’s chances of passage given that the Fix NICS is more popular and acceptable.

Gun-control groups including Moms Demand Action held demonstrations on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to oppose the bill.

Source:

https://www.westernjournal.com/house-passes-top-priority-nra/

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