Congressman votes in favor of Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

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The House approved the bill, 231-198, largely along party lines.

Nationwide, six Democrats supported the bill, and 14 Republicans opposed it. Analysts anticipate the NRA will face a tougher battle in the Senate.

The measure would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has accused Republicans of doing the bidding of the National Rifle Association, which calls the concealed-carry law its top legislative priority.

But she blasted Republicans for including the measure in a "horrible bill" that she said will overturn tough gun laws in states such as CT and ensure that "the lowest common denominator would reign for the entire country".

Connecticut Democrat Rep. Elizabeth Esty - who represents Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six teachers and staff were killed in a 2012 mass shooting - said the bill would undermine states' rights, "hamstring law enforcement and allow risky criminals to walk around with hidden guns anywhere and at any time".

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Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty of CT called it "unspeakable" that Congress would expand gun owners' rights after the recent shootings and other deadly attacks. Esty represents Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 students and six educators were fatally shot in 2012.

"I know we can't stop this bill", Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., said.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department said Tuesday it is reviewing whether devices that allow semiautomatic rifles to fire faster should be banned.

The Justice Department announced this week it is reviewing whether weapons using bump stocks should be considered illegal machine guns under federal law. The shooter responsible for killing 58 people and injuring almost 500 more attending a Las Vegas concert in October used bump stocks to direct large amounts of ammunition on the crowd, and members from both parties have called for ban on them. Some in the gun lobby are trying to sell bills like this one as something that "makes us safer and will reduce mass shootings", said Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

"His death mattered, and I wanted him to be remembered", Gooze told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mayor Tim Dougherty speaks against federal gun bill, December 6, 2017.

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Nebraska provides reciprocity to concealed-carry permit holders from most states but not all, according to the NRA.

"You should treat North Dakota residents the same when we're visiting, as you treat your own citizens when it comes to concealed weapon licenses", said ND Attorney General, Wayne Stenehjem.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., scoffed at that notion. "We're far from it".

"This legislation allows a qualified individual to carry a concealed firearm in any state". The measure would strengthen the Federal Bureau of Investigation database of prohibited gun buyers after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church. The Air Force has discovered several dozen other such reporting omissions since the November 5 shooting. As of 2014, all 50 states recognize concealed carry rights, though some states have different statutes regulating such a right. He called it a cynical maneuver to force Democrats to cast a politically unpopular vote against background checks. I'm angry that the Senate is avoiding responsibility for limiting bump stocks. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary panel's top ranking Democrat, said the uncertainty demands that Congress quickly approve legislation "to ban these risky devices". It would put more pressure on federal agencies and states to report crimes to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

The bill angered many Democrats who argued that following mass shootings that have killed 80 people, the times called for stricter, not looser gun measures.

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