House OKs GOP bill on Nationwide Gun Permit Recognition

Colllins : "Common Sense"; Cuomo: "Dangerous and Vile"

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(WBEN) The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make each state honor the other's concealed carry weapon permit.  If approved, it would mean that a New York issued permit would be valid anywhere instead of just in New York.

The bill passed by a vote of 231 to 198, mostly along party lines with  six Democrats voting yes, and  14 Republicans voting no.   The measure now heads to the Senate where it needs to clear a 60 vote threshold. 

Co-sponsored by Clarence Republican Chris Collins, he put out a statement on Facebook :

Today the House passed legislation that that would make concealed-carry permits valid across state lines. This is a simple, common-sense bill that protects the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. I believe in the natural right to self-defense, just like our Founding Fathers, and today’s vote protects these freedoms. Varying state laws can confuse citizens who may unknowingly violate a law when traveling from state to state. This legislation treats a concealed-carry permit like a driver’s license, protecting the constitutional rights of all Americans.

Opponents, mostly Democrats, say the bill could endanger public safety by overriding state laws that place strict limits on guns.

"The appalling House vote for concealed carry reciprocity puts all New Yorkers at risk. This legislation would let individuals from out-of-state convicted of certain crimes carry hidden, loaded weapons in New York, in violation of New York's much better, safer law. Only the NRA could propose something so ill-considered, dangerous and vile.

"New York passed the strongest gun safety measures in the country, and instead of joining the fight against senseless gun violence, Washington is trying to make New York and the rest of the nation less safe." 

The NRA applauded the vote. The concealed-carry bill “is the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the group’s political and lobbying arm.

The House vote came as the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said his agency expects to regulate bump-stock devices and could end up banning them. Thomas Brandon told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the ATF and Justice Department would not have initiated the review “if (banning them) wasn't’t a possibility at the end.”

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