Washington (CNN) – The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday to dramatically expand the right to carry concealed firearms in most states.
The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act passed the House by a vote of 272-154, with representatives dividing mostly along party lines.
The legislation would allow individuals with a permit to carry a concealed gun in one state to bring that weapon into any other state that also has a concealed firearm law.
Illinois and the District of Columbia are currently the only jurisdictions in the country that don't allow individuals to carry concealed weapons.
Though the measure cleared the House, its prospects are considered unclear in the Democratic-controlled Senate. President Barack Obama - often the subject of attacks from the National Rifle Association and its allies in Washington and elsewhere - has not weighed in on the matter.
"The right to self-defense is unquestionable and the right to carry a firearm is recognized in our Constitution," said Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Florida, one of the bill's co-authors. The measure "would merely require states to recognize each other's carry permits, just as they recognize driver's licenses and carry permits held by armored-car guards."
Gun-control advocates Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey, and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-New York, sent Obama a letter last week urging the president to veto the measure if it reaches his desk.
"Passage of such a law would start a race to the bottom on gun safety, with each state forced to follow another state's laws on gun ownership," they wrote. "In a country with almost 300 million guns, we need to be strengthening our gun-safety laws, not weakening them."
Noting that their states generally have tighter restrictions on firearms, Lautenberg and McCarthy also argued that "it is particularly surprising for congressional Republicans to be pushing a measure that directly goes against their deep-rooted support for states' rights."
Excellent. A good way to ensure law abiding citizens can exercise their second amendments rights without fear of being caught in bureaucratic red tape.
is this bill going to create jobs?? NO!!!! vote on a bill that will create jobs!!!
Great, another of the GOBP deathcult's "jobs bills." I'm sure it will help just as much as all their other great ideas.
Hey fed up. Come on undertakers have to et too. Not to mention emergency room docs. Congrats to GOP the first law you House puts out on guns after the AZ attack is a law to make it easier for nut-jobs to get guns. Nothing wrong with guns, I have one of my own but why the hell do we make it easier to get a gun than to get a car? If free speech can be limited when there is a "Clear and present danger" than why not the second amendment?
VERY VERY GOOD PLEASE PASS THIS LAW. National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act would allow individuals with a permit to carry a concealed gun in one state to bring that weapon into any other state that also has a concealed firearm law. THANK YOU!!!!!!!
I remember John Boehner said that the first thing the GOP-led House was going to do was introduce a jobs bill. That was in 2010. So, where is it?
make it easier for nut-jobs to get guns
Obviously din't even bother to read the article.
This is a concealed jobs bill, because Republicans want people to be able to cling to their guns, if not jobs. If people can cling to their guns, they may forget about the "jobs, jobs, jobs" that Republicans promised in 2010 but have not delivered.
Does this mean that right wingnuts will be allowed to carry their guns to a PTA meeting or a conference with their child's teacher.
This law shall make it much easier for me to travel state to state. I can have a permit here, and it'll work anywhere in the USA. No harassment by police over having a hidden gun while I'm out of state (I hope).
Are all republicans nuts? Of course they are.
It Passed!!!! I am now armed in 49 states!
You silly stupid Americans! Maybe you should read your Constitution and the bill of rights within. The second amendment states clearly you have a right to bear arms! That means every last one of you can carry a firearm anywhere you please publicly. Why do you need a law to allow you to do something that is a protected right already? How stupid is it to pass a law based on federal authority that does not exist? You stupid Americans letting those crooks in congress do all the thinking for you, all the while you watch the idiot box completely oblivious to all your freedoms and prosperity being stripped away! Guess you will get what you simpletons deserve!
I thought the GOP was all about "states rights!! States rights" Now they want to make every state follow the same rules in direct contradiction to their usual blather. They only cry states rights when it's something trying to be introduced that they don't like. When it comes to gay marriage, abortion and guns, they're all for big brother. They are so pathetic it's not funny
This should be called the National Right-to-Carry Hypocrisy Act. The GOP is all for states rights until they disagree with a state's law. Some of us don't want to live in the wild west anymore. Let us live in civilized States. The rest of you can run around and play soldier at Walmart. NO ONE is trying take away your right to bear arms.
Queen boehner and princess cantor can now shoot any job creating bill. A couple of losers.
I don't know if I like the bill or not - I am uneasy about the consequences, but the concept seems reasonable at first. I would prefer, however, that Congress actually try to improve the economy instead of passing bills to aid their favorite causes.
Even if you disagree with the dems, at least they TRIED to fix the economy when they were in power. They put forth lots of legislation dealing with economic issues. What has the GOP tried, other than trying to block our debt ceiling (putting us in default) and trying to further cut tax rates for the richest Americans?
I wonder how all the people who are bashing the republican wacko nut jobs for holding on to their guns would feel when their house gets broken in to in the middle of the night, and they have no way to defend themselves. It's absurd for people to bash gun rights. 1. They are critical in home/self defense 2. They are the only way to have a basic means of self protection from a government ( a.k.a The Revolutionary War) 3. Gun Laws will harm law abiding citizens to protect themselves, criminals who use guns to kill or harm people, have no interest in obeying a law anyways, if they are willing to kill a person, then they are certainly willing to purchase an illegal firearm. Then if a gun law were to be implemented, like i have stated before law abiding citizens would have no means to defend themselves from a criminal.....common sense people.
Are all these people who carry concealed weapons part of "a well regulated militia" as stipulated by the Second Amendment? I'm guessing the answer is no. Only in America - the most violent "advanced" country on the planet.
Waste of time obviously. Not sure why Americans want guns so bad. Isn't it better to live in a world without the need of protection?
I'm very disappointed in my Congressman who voted for this. This bill can now be edited, enhanced, amended to suit the needs of the gun controlling liberals if they get back into office. Any time the fed gov't makes laws that grabs power from the states, it is less power the states have. Bad law. Fed Gov't keep your laws out of my house and my state.
And you wonder why the homocide and mass murder rates are so high in the US. Folks, the wild west days are over. This is the 21st century and not the times of Billy the Kid. Unless you are a police officer or have some good reason to have a gun then you should only be able to use them to protect your home or for recreational hunting in the out of doors. I haven't seen many deer or wild ducks in inner city bars. Mix some alcohol and drug use with this bill and it is a recipe for disaster. I would worry more about my safety now that all of the nut jobs will find it easier to conceal guns. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
This really should be up to the states to decide licensing reciprocity, not the federal government. This is how it currently is for all other licences including driver's licenses. Concealed weapons should not be given special exceptions. This is purely a political move designed to raise this as a campaign issue for the 2012 elections.
Well, after listening to the NRA and the republican House, all I can say is that I hope if ANYONE is injured by the nuts carrying concealed, it will be one of them. They want it? OK.
Isn't this what the 2 nd amendment is all about?