On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would allow concealed carry permits to be valid across state lines. The piece of legislation, called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, also includes new mandates that would tighten background check requirements. Ultimately, the bill passed the House 231 to 198, but the battle isn’t over.
“An overwhelming majority of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity,” said Republican Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina in a statement prior to the vote. “Momentum, common sense, and the facts are on our side.”
While the bill was passed by the House, it faces a tougher challenge in the Senate, where a minimum of 60 votes will be necessary to move beyond a procedural debate motion before a final vote can occur, which would only require a simple majority.
Democrats have been vocal opponents of the bill, stating the legislation would be unfair to states that have stricter gun laws, as they would be forced to cede to states with looser rules.
Jerry Nadler, a Democrat and ranking House Judiciary Committee member, stated, “The obvious solution to the varying state laws is to continue to do what is currently done by many states, which is to choose which other state permits they will recognize.”
“Some states, including my state of New York, have chosen not to recognize permits issued by any other state. Most states, however, have chosen to recognize permits from at least some other states – basing the choice on the strength of the standards employed by other states,” Nadler continued.
“We should not disregard these determinations, which is what this bill would do.”
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, the author of the Senate version of the bill whom Hudson referred to as “a champion of the Second Amendment,” has expressed concern in regards to combining the concealed carry legislation with that associated with background checks, fearing resistance by Democrats to the concealed carry portions would kill the background check bill too.
When Hudson was asked, during an interview with the Daily Caller, about Cornyn’s concerns, he stated, “I don’t know what Senator Cornyn’s strategy is going to be for when he brings [the bill] forward, but I do feel like we’ve got the best chance we’ve ever had to see this into law.”