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Congressman Comer votes for Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

08 December 2017

It was the first action taken on gun control under the Trump administration and comes in the wake of mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada and Sutherland Springs, Texas that left a combined 84 people dead.

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin was the only Long Island representative to vote in favor of the concealed carry bill.

Opponents of the bill said it would override state laws and increase crime.

So even if the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act becomes law, states would be free to ban the carry of guns in school zones, said Adam Winkler, law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Only the NRA could propose something so ill-considered, risky and vile".

On the eve of the vote, one Democratic lawmaker warned the expansion of concealed-carry rights would prevent states from keeping guns away from schools. Dan Donovan and Peter King. It would eviscerate state gun laws and make it easy for people with risky histories and no training to carry hidden, loaded guns in public across the country.

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The bill would make concealed carry licenses in one state valid across state lines.

Gabrielle Giffords, who left the House after becoming a victim of gun violence in her home state of Arizona and started a gun-control group, said that "Congress has failed the American people" and moved toward making the country less safe.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 would force states that allow the concealed carry of handguns to recognize permits issued in other states-including those which have more relaxed stances on gun control than NYC.

The bill was linked with legislation to improve the national background check system for gun purchases, a measure that has rare bipartisan consensus.

"The truth is that concealed carry laws save lives", Ryan said in a statement. They hardly paused for the smoke to clear from the October 1 Las Vegas massacre - in which retired accountant Stephen Paddock sprayed thousands of rounds on a crowd enjoying a country music concert, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500 - before lobbying members of Congress to pass this reprehensible bill. As the New York Times' article explained, "Some states ... require that permit applicants have live-fire experience and safety training, along with a clean criminal history".

Congressman Comer votes for Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act