Gun groups, lawmakers divided on blending national reciprocity bill
By Chris Eger
With a House version of national concealed carry reciprocity measure likely to be merged with a plan to fix the nation’s background check system, not all are on board.
Marked up by committee last week, H.R.38 is scheduled for a floor vote on Wednesday while House Republicans reportedly plan to combine the bill with the language from the “FixNICS” background check legislation. The move has proved divisive among supporters of the legislative push to expand gun rights.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade organization for the firearm industry, is calling for passage of H.R. 38 as amended and the National Rifle Association is standing this week behind the bill, long considered a legislative priority, as well.
Other Second Amendment groups have taken slightly different stands, with the Washington-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms urging a series of tweaks to FixNics while the California-based Firearms Policy Coalition has some concerns about how it would be implemented if passed into law.
“H.R. 4477 is a well-intentioned bill that attempts to improve the NICS background check system,” said FPC spokesman Craig DeLuz in a statement. “But it does have some weaknesses that give us pause. Coming from a state with a