California Senator Dianne Feinstein Comments On House Passage Of Concealed Carry Legislation

Kansans could carry concealed guns in any state under bill passed by US House

Local lawmakers spoke out strongly against the House passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity act, which would force NY to allow out-of-staters to carry concealed weapons in the city.

Apparently, ignorance of the law - at least when it came to concealed-carry gun laws - was a legitimate excuse.

This is not hyperbolic.

"This concealed carry bill would effectively allow states with the weakest gun laws, like Arizona, to supersede states with the strongest gun laws, including California". This legislation passed the House 231-198. Other states, which have "shall" issue instead of "may" issue clauses regarding concealed carry permits, are much more permissive.

In New Jersey, concealed-carry reciprocity became a rallying issue for Republicans when Shaneen Allen of Pennsylvania was arrested in 2013 after voluntarily telling New Jersey state troopers she was carrying a handgun after a traffic stop in Atlantic County. Please include your name, town and phone number, for confirmation purposes.

Opponents, mostly Democrats, say the bill could endanger public safety by overriding state laws that place strict limits on guns. If the Senate passes the bill, it will then head to the President's desk for signing.

The House approved the bill Wednesday largely along party lines.

The pro-gun bill that passed the House, which I was proud to cosponsor, would allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm.

"After two of our nation's worst mass shootings, Congress took direct instruction from the gun lobby and passed a bill that will override existing state laws and allow unsafe, untrained people to carry guns in every state and every city", Giffords, now an anti-gun-violence activist, said in a statement. No member of Massachusetts' all-Democratic House delegation voted for it. Attorneys general in 24 states - but not North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein - signed a letter supporting the bill as a measure defending the constitutional right to self-defense. Some states already have concealed carry reciprocity and it has had deadly consequences. "It is shameful that in a year with two of the worst mass shootings on record, the only response from Congress is eroding sensible gun laws".

Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty of CT called it "unspeakable" that Congress would expand gun owners' rights after the recent shootings and other deadly attacks.

A woman who survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas is describing in wrenching detail of how she remained by the side of one of the victims as he died.

In the Senate, Democrats have said the combination bill is a non-starter, and senior Republicans have said that pairing the bills could torpedo them both.

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