Stefanik votes for reciprocal concealed carry measure

Bill that passed US House would require Mass. to honor concealed-carry permits from other states

Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence. It's a bill the National Rifle Association has dubbed a "legislative priority".

The legislation now heads to the Senate.

"This radical Republican bill is a direct threat to public safety", Pelosi said in a statement.

"With concealed carry reciprocity, those who legally hold a concealed carry permit in one state can carry in another state without fear of accidentally breaking its laws". "The Second Amendment right to bear arms is one of the most fundamental rights provided to us in the Constitution and I will proudly continue to stand up for the gun rights of Kentuckians". "The legislation passed by the House today ensures that people who carry their legal firearm across state borders are protected under the law". But critics of the bill say it undermines each individual state's ability to set its own requirements for issuing those permits.

The measure also included a host of carrot and stick incentives for federal agencies and states to step up reporting of prohibited firearms possessors to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System while speeding up the appeals process for those denied a gun transfer, setting a 60-day window for the latter.

"Establishing nationwide reciprocity will streamline regulations allowing permit holders to cross state lines without the worry of breaking the law", Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, Oneida County, said in a statement.

"Some states have very strict criteria, like NY and Maryland", she says.

An overwhelming majority of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity - 73 percent of adults, according to a recent New York Times survey. In addition, the bill would not make it any easier to buy a gun.

Supporters of the bill have argued that the patchwork of existing laws, varying from state to state, can create confusion for lawful gun owners and turn them into criminals by simply crossing state lines.

The bill passed 231 to 198.

The House bill now goes to the Senate.

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