US House of Representatives passes concealed-carry gun permits, background check bills
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US House of Representatives passes concealed-carry gun permits, background check bills

December 7, 2017

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted 231-198 in favor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and the Fix NICS Act. The concealed-carry act would require all states to recognize concealed-carry gun permits. The Fix NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) Act would require states to provide the federal government with FBI gun background check records, such as criminal and mental health records, as well as other information. The acts will go to the Senate for a vote.

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), the bipartisan bill’s sponsor, said after the vote, “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.” Fox News reported that Hudson has garnered support from 213 co-sponsors, 24 state attorneys general and the National Rifle Association (NRA).  

Under the concealed-carry act, permits would allow individuals to carry concealed weapons into other states and into federally-administered lands such as national parks. It would also allow concealed guns in school zones. Currently, concealed weapons laws differ across states.

Under the concealed-carry act, the permits would allow individuals to carry concealed weapons into other states and into federally-administered lands like national parks. It would also allow concealed guns in school zones. Currently, concealed weapons laws differ across states.

The Fix NICS Act would apply penalties to state and federal agencies that do not report criminal offenses and other information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Sources: The New York Times, Fox News