The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed a bill that will be bad news for those who hate that idea of concealed-carry gun owners being allowed even more freedom. The decision came late Wednesday afternoon.
According to ABC News, the bill makes it easier for gun owners to carry their firearms concealed in every U.S. state. Currently, most states require a special permit and some training or instruction before gun owners can carry their firearms hidden from view. Some states will accept the permits issued by other states with similar gun laws and training requirements while denying the right to conceal-carry for gun owners from other states with looser rules. It's a big mish-mash of differing rules.
For instance, gun owners with permits in Idaho can also carry their weapons concealed in Montana, Texas, Georgia, and Florida, for instance, but not in Oregon, California, New York, or Illinois. That's because conservative Idaho's requirements for getting a concealed-carry permit are not nearly as stringent as those in liberal states.
But what this new bill does, according to CBS News, is allow any concealed-carry permit holder from any state to conceal their firearm in any state that allows the concealing of firearms. Most states do issue concealed-carry permits, but in some states and counties, it's quite a headache to get one.
Other states, like Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, West Virginia, and Vermont, don't require any permit for carrying concealed. However, it appears that residents of those states would need to get a permit in order for this new bill — if it goes into law — to apply to them.
The bill passed 231-198, according to Politico, but it's expected to meet fierce resistance in the Senate. 14 House Republicans voted against it but six Democrats were in favor of it, according to the Associated Press.
Pro-gun control Democrats, not surprisingly, are against the bill. They're pointing out that states with the strictest gun laws would be forced to abide by the rules of states with the least-restrictive gun laws.
“Georgia has no business, no right, to tell Colorado what its laws should be,” Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) angrily exclaimed, the Washington Post reports.
According to the Associated Press, Rep. Elizabeth Etsy (D-Conn.) denounced the bill, saying it would “hamstring law enforcement and allow dangerous criminals to walk around with hidden guns anywhere and at any time. It’s unspeakable that this is Congress’ response to the worst gun tragedies in American history.”
Dangerous criminals, however, don't generally pass background checks in order to legally obtain concealed-carry permits. Dangerous criminals, in large, also do not always abide by gun laws.
The Huffington Post piece claims that the bill, if passed, would be "a potential nightmare situation for victims of domestic violence" because it would domestic abusers who are not allowed to carry guns in their own states to still be able to carry guns concealed in other states.
Gun owner Rep. Dog Collins (R-Ga.) defended the bill, according to CNN, saying that, "The Bill of Rights is not a philosophical exercise. I don't think that right should be undermined simply because I travel to another state."
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