House approves bill granting gun owners hide and carry reciprocity

Legislation

Legislation

The bill's proponents say the gun owners' licenses should be honored the same way that a driver's license in one state is honored in other states.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public. But advocates for changing the law say that it eliminates criminal penalties for law-abiding citizens who travel out of state and are unaware that concealed carry permits do not transfer across state lines. The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] approved the bill late last month despite severe opposition to the bill from 17 states [JURIST report].

A measure known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, would require states to recognize concealed gun carry permits from other states.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.), whose Morristown office was picketed this week by opponents of HR 28, supported the bill.

The House vote comes in the aftermath of a recent wave of deadly mass shootings across the nation.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) called the bill its "number one legislative priority". Six Democrats voted yes, while 14 Republicans voted no. He said police aren't now able to determine whether a person carrying a loaded gun has a valid permit to do so, because a national database of such permits doesn't exist. All Americans, including law-abiding gun owners, agree that violent criminals should not have legal access to firearms. Sherill is a Navy veteran and former federal prosecutor. "The Congressman voted to make the job of our law enforcement agencies more hard and to allow untrained and potentially risky individuals to carry concealed weapons in New Jersey. It's unspeakable that this is Congress' response to the worst gun tragedies in American history". Giffords was the victim of a shooting in 2011.

State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37th Dist.) called the bill "appalling...absolutely reprehensible" and warned of "severe public safety consequences" for New Jersey citizens.

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