National concealed carry reciprocity, NICS improvement bill passes House
By Chris Eger
“This vote marks a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s lobbying wing. (Photo: Savoy Leather)
A move to sidestep a patchwork of reciprocity laws and agreements between states made it halfway through Congress on Wednesday carrying background check system fixes along for the ride.
The proposal, H.R.38, slid through the House on a Republican-heavy 231-198 roll call after a brief debate. Both parties saw defections with 14 Republicans– including the head of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky– casting “no” votes while six Democrats jumped ship to support the bill.
“For the millions of law-abiding citizens who lawfully carry concealed to protect themselves, for conservatives who want to strengthen our Second Amendment rights, and for the overwhelming majority of Americans who support concealed carry reciprocity, Christmas came early,” said U.S. Rep. Hudson, the North Carolina Republican who sponsored the measure.
Hudson’s legislation allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing a firearm, are carrying a valid government-issued photo ID, and are lawfully licensed or entitled to carry a concealed handgun. As such it would circumvent the complex series of state and territorial reciprocity agreements