House Votes to Allow Concealed Carry of Guns Across State Lines

Republicans seek to override local gun safety laws.

The House of Representatives passed legislation to permit concealed carry license holders to conceal a handgun in other states without additional permits or permission from that state required. This marks the first time Congress has taken action on a gun bill since President Donald Trump was sworn into office.

The “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act,” a top priority for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun-rights groups, passed 231-198. Six Democrats voted for the measure while 14 Republicans voted “no”.

Senate Democrats strongly oppose the bill, arguing it overrides individual states’ efforts to control who carries concealed weapons inside their borders and creates a national gun license.

Former Arizona Democratic Representative Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords on Wednesday resurfaced old tweets from lawmakers who earlier in the day voted in favor of the bill. Giffords and her husband founded Giffords: Courage to End Gun Violence after she was shot at a meet and greet by a gunman who also killed 6 people.

Giffords specifically targeted tweets in which lawmakers called for “thoughts and prayers” in the aftermath of recent mass shootings.

“Thoughts & prayers alone won’t prevent the next tragedy,” Giffords responded to each tweet.

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