Concealed-carry bill passes House; Frelinghuysen supports it
Dec 07 2017 by Desiree Burns
Connecticut Democrat Rep. Elizabeth Esty - who represents Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six teachers and staff were killed in a 2012 mass shooting - said the bill would undermine states' rights, "hamstring law enforcement and allow unsafe criminals to walk around with hidden guns anywhere and at any time".
"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.
"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.
The House vote came as the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said his agency expects to regulate bump-stock devices and could end up banning them.
Florida now operates the nation's largest concealed weapon licensing program with more than 1.8 million active licenses and has reciprocity agreements with 36 other states.
A key concealed-carry bill could be on the U.S. House floor this week with Second Amendment supporters and law enforcement officers hoping for a big win.
The bill is now headed to the Senate and then to the Presidents desk.
Authorities in NY and Los Angeles, as well as activists in Morristown and across New Jersey, contend the measure will increase risks for police and make it easy for gun owners from places with lax gun laws, like West Virginia, to secretly tote weapons here, where restrictions are stricter.
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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a 2011 shooting, said she was furious over the bill's passage.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., scoffed at that notion.
Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said the United States has had more than 300 mass shootings in 2017.
NY has some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation as a result of the SAFE Act, passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor in 2013 following the Sandy Hook shootings in CT. The shooter, Devin Kelley, was a disturbed man who was court-martialed for domestic abuse in 2012, sentenced to a year in jail upon conviction, and was given a bad conduct discharge in 2014.
"The FIX-NICS bill does not expand prohibited categories in any way", Dalseide told the Free Beacon. The Air Force has discovered several dozen other such reporting omissions since the November 5 shooting. "The truth is that concealed carry laws save lives".
The legislation also would order the Justice Department to study bump stocks, including how often they are used in a crime. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary panel's top ranking Democrat, said the uncertainty demands that Congress quickly approve legislation "to ban these unsafe devices".
This bill was passed through the House committee along with the Fix NICS Act, which will aim to provide more accurate data collection under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. According to the Congressional Research Service, "This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms".