"With concealed carry reciprocity, those who legally hold a concealed carry permit in one state can carry in another state without fear of accidentally breaking its laws".
The bill, which still needs approval from the Senate, would also close loopholes in the federal background check system.
The passage of the bill is a startling development after recent mass shootings that have rocked the nation and sparked calls for tightening, rather than loosening, gun regulations. They also say that, under the legislation, gun owners will only have to abide by requirements of the most lenient states.
The measure would let gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons.
"The concealed carry reciprocity is bad in a worse way than the fixing of the N.I.C.S. system is a good thing", said Mark Kelly, who is the husband of shooting survivor and former Representative Gabrielle Giffords. A Senate version of concealed-carry reciprocity, which has yet to receive a vote, does not contain that provision.
I'm not a big fan of writing new law simply to make people comply with the same law that's already on the books.
Prospects for the measure are less clear in the Senate, where such legislation would need some Democratic support in order to pass.
"Really there aren't a lot of people carrying loaded weapons, so the state has not explicitly limited guns from a lot of different places", said Cutilletta, legal expert with the pro-gun control Giffords Center. Just days before Americans mark five years since the horrifying mass shooting at Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012, they hijacked this popular, common-sense bill and saddled it with the gun lobby's top priority, "Concealed Carry Reciprocity". All 50 states allow some form of concealed carry. Most Republicans and six Democrats supported the bill.
"Nobody knows better than local law enforcement officers who should or shouldn't be permitted to carry a gun in their neighborhood".
"After two of our nation's worst mass shootings, Congress took direct instruction from the gun lobby and passed a bill that will override existing state laws and allow risky, untrained people to carry guns in every state and every city", Giffords, now an anti-gun-violence activist, said in a statement.
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. Republicans are all for state's rights unless a state wants to protect its citizens from gun violence.
Gooze says she doesn't know why she didn't run, even though she had opportunities.
Advocates on both sides of the issue agree that should concealed-carry reciprocity become law, it will likely end up in federal court.