House backs bill allowing gun owners to conceal-carry over state lines

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 24: Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., at the House Energy and Commerce Committee meeting to organize for the 115th Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C. on Jan. 24, 2017 ((CQ Roll Call via AP Images))

House Republicans pushed through a bill that would let gun owners with concealed-weapon permits freely travel between states without fear of conflicting state laws. The reciprocity measure, a high priority for the National Rifle Association, passed along party lines, 231-198. It marked the first major gun legislation to get this far in Congress since the recent mass shootings in Nevada and Texas, which left more than 80 people dead. Democrats objected. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) said the bill would curtail states’ rights, “hamstring” police, and let criminals “walk around with hidden guns anywhere” they choose. “It’s unspeakable that this is Congress’ response to the worst gun tragedies in American history,” Esty said. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it faces a tougher challenge.

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