House Pisses Off Gun Control Advocates, Opponents With Concealed Carry Bill

HolsterVlue/DreamstimeToday the House passed a major new gun bill that has managed to piss off both gun control advocates and champions of the Second Amendment.

HR 38, known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, passed on a mostly partyline vote of 231-198.

Described by the National Rifle Association as their “number-one legislative priority” for the year, the bill allows a person with a valid concealed carry permit from one state to carry in any other state.

The bill replaces the country’s confusing patchwork of reciprocity laws that govern where a concealed carry permit holder can possess a firearm outside their home state, and is a major win for gun rights advocates.

Also included in the bill was the Fix NICS Act, which was rolled into the legislation on Tuesday.

The Fix NICS Act—unveiled as a response to the Sutherland Springs shooting—included some pretty mild additional reporting requirements for federal agencies submitting information to the federal firearm background check system. (You can read Reason‘s coverage of the bill here).

Combining the two measures likely helped get the whole legislative package over the finish line, but the sausage-making has upset both ends of the political spectrum.

Democrats from states with strict regulations on firearm possession were predictably incensed at the bill’s undermining of their concealed carry permitting regimes.

“Some states give concealed carry permits to people who have been convicted of violent misdemeanors. Those folks are coming soon to a community near you,” wrote Rep. Mike Thompson (D – Calif.) on Twitter. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D – Md.) echoed that point, saying that HR 38 “would damage state and local governments’ ability to craft gun laws appropriate to their needs.”