Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow concealed carry holders to carry gun across state lines. The House voted for the bill, 231-198. Six Democrats voted with the majority. Fourteen Republicans voted against the bill.
BREAKING: House approves GOP bill making it easier for gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 6, 2017
Fox News reports:
“’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,’ Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., the bill’s sponsor, reacted.
“Hudson had tried unsuccessfully for years to pass such legislation, which he says simply attempts to clarify the patchwork of state laws that confuse citizens who might unwittingly be arrested while going from state to state.
“The three-term congressman has garnered strong support for his bipartisan legislation — including 213 co-sponsors as well as 24 state attorneys general and the National Rifle Association.
“’Despite scare tactics by the bill’s opponents, concealed-carry licensees as a group have proven to be more law-abiding than the general population and even the police,’ the NRA said before balloting. ‘We are on the eve of passing the most expansive piece of self-defense legislation in the history of Congress.’”
Gun control advocates are being financed by Michael Bloomberg. His anti-gun group, Everytown for Gun Safety, is spending over $25 million to stop the bill.
The Senate will need 60 votes to pass the bill. While there are pro-gun Democrats, it will be an uphill battle.