National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Passes in the House

 In 2nd Amendment

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity passed the House of Representatives on December 6 by a vote of 231-198, including 6 Democrats.

“This vote marks a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves, and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines.” Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action

National Reciprocity is good- it eliminates the  constant confusion over which states have what laws for concealed carriers. CCW permit holders will be able to cross state lines without worrying whether they will be arrested just for exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.

But…

Rumors had been flying everywhere that the Reciprocity bill would be combined with the Fix NICS Bill.  And yes, in the House it was combined. Although you have to look hard at the text as amended to see it.

It is fun, however to listen to the freak out of the liberal anti-gunners, many of whom were claiming some strange things. For example, that National Reciprocity would ‘put more guns in the hands of criminals.’ No, actually the NRA already hit that one by stating that as a group, concealed carriers are more law-abiding than any other group.

The NRA and gun rights advocates are rejoicing over the passage of the National Reciprocity legislation. But it’s the Fix NICs bill that has some pro-gun groups worried. Even though they are forcing compliance with NICS, and providing “incentives” to do so, it’s a slippery slope to add more bureaucracy to any gun laws. And the effects of doing so are concerning to many.

The Senate is another animal altogether: NICS vs Reciprocity

Some of the sponsors of the Fix NICS bill in the Senate are notorious anti-gun Democrats like Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer… which immediately gives us pause. The bill is touted as a “bipartisan” effort. But the National Reciprocity is the target of those who are rallying against it.

Fox reported,

Gun-control advocates are also reportedly getting $25 million from ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, through his Everytown for Gun Safety group, to block the reciprocity bill.

National Reciprocity’s fate may not be so clear in the Senate. There are 39 cosponsors of the reciprocity bill, S 446. Senator John Coryn has so far not combined his bill with Fix NICS, S 2135. A note from my own Senator, a cosponsor of S 446, seems to suggest they don’t plan to do that…yet. The GOP only has 52 senators, so will need a pile of Democrats to sign on.

The Senate still has the Reciprocity bill in the Judiciary Committee.

The NRA is in favor of Fix NICS, saying that it has a mechanism for removal of erroneous names- and it does have that.

Forcing agencies to submit their arrest information to NICS sounds well and good on paper. YES, they should follow the law. Because the Air Force screwed up sending the arrest/disposition information on the Sutherland Springs shooter, here we are. But what are the long term implications of messing with NICS? Guess we’ll find out.

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