Concealed-carry bill passes House; Frelinghuysen supports it

Self Defense Concealed Carry

FPC Applauds Concealed Carry Reciprocity Vote

On Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. It eliminates the confusing patchwork of state laws that have ensnared otherwise law-abiding gun owners, and have forced law enforcement to waste their precious time and resources enforcing laws that don't do anything to reduce violent crime. "This bill, will allow a law-abiding citizen to carry concealed gun only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm".

New Jersey has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the state and concealed carry permits are rarely or never granted to ordinary citizens. They hardly paused for the smoke to clear from the October 1 Las Vegas massacre - in which retired accountant Stephen Paddock sprayed thousands of rounds on a crowd enjoying a country music concert, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500 - before lobbying members of Congress to pass this reprehensible bill.

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"New York City's well-recognized success in the continued decrease in shootings and murder is in no small part a result of effective control of guns on our streets", said NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill.

"This legislation allows a qualified individual to carry a concealed firearm in any state". In New York, a concealed-carry license can be applied for in the county where the applicant lives based on stringent criteria, but the state does not recognize licenses from other states. The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] approved the bill late last month despite severe opposition to the bill from 17 states [JURIST report]. Let's be clear: "These politicians are trading our safety for political contributions from the gun lobby". The legislation permits individuals with a concealed carry permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that allows it.

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Another feature of H.R. 38 is an expedited process for removing names that have been erroneously submitted to NICS.

While the bill would seem to undermine the authority of each state, supporters argue that the Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution should afford concealed carry permits the same nationwide recognition as driver's licenses.

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The bill, which the National Rifle Association has called its "highest legislative priority, " passed by a 231-198 vote. And if it does pass, it's expected to face legal challenges.

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