John Rosenthal, co-founder of Stop Handgun Violence, a leading gun control group in MA, which issued the statement Wednesday, noted that the bill is being brought forward after the horrific massacres at a concert in Las Vegas and at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
The votes fell largely along partisan lines with most Democrats voting against the bill and Republicans voting in favor, although six Democrats voted in favor of the bill while 14 Republicans voted against it.
The bill, which was a top priority for the National Rifle Association, was blasted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who led the state's effort to pass the controversial gun control law called the SAFE Act in 2013. "They're going to be a million people here in about three weeks, and that would be perfectly legal even if it was against NY state law". "Only the NRA could propose something so ill-considered, risky and vile". No member of Massachusetts' all-Democratic House delegation voted for it. Peter King, of Long Island, and Dan Donovan, of Staten Island, were the only GOP House members to vote against it.
Since a change in IL law in 2013, all states allow some form of concealed carry - although some have strict requirements to obtain a permit. Some states already have concealed carry reciprocity and it has had deadly consequences.More news: IATA sees October passenger demand rise
Should reciprocity sweep Congress and be signed into law by President Donald Trump, both the Everytown group and Giffords have promised to meet the federal government in court over the expansion, using the argument that it would violate states' rights protected by the Constitution.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said during House debate that his state forces gun owners to meet an array of conditions before obtaining a concealed-carry permit - in contrast to some states where "if you're 21 and have a pulse" you can get a gun permit. "The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act 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".
Congress should reject Concealed Carry Reciprocity, and pass a clean "Fix NICS Act", which has won wide bipartisan support, will improve reporting of risky people to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and will improve safety of communities across the country.
"Just days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, the NRA is engaging their allies in Congress to push through a unsafe national concealed carry reciprocity law, which begs the question: how low can you go?" "Why should Texans, who have adopted strong, sensible standards for a license to carry be forced to contend with concealed carry gun owners in states that have not", O'Rourke wrote in a Medium post.More news: Climate change: Obama regrets lack of U.S. leadership
The passage of the bill is a startling development after recent mass shootings that have rocked the nation and sparked calls for tightening, rather than loosening, gun regulations.
"For the millions of law-abiding citizens who lawfully carry concealed to protect themselves, for conservatives who want to strengthen our Second Amendment rights, and for the overwhelming majority of Americans who support concealed carry reciprocity, Christmas came early", said U.S. Rep. Hudson, the North Carolina Republican who sponsored the measure.More news: Kirstjen Nielsen Confirmed as Homeland Security Secretary