The pro-gun bill that passed the House, which I was proud to cosponsor, would allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm.
Following the deadly mass shootings in Sutherland Springs and Las Vegas, legislators in Washington are also looking for a consensus on improving the national background check system for gun purchases, as well as banning a device known as "bump stocks".
"This legislation will ensure that what happened to Shaneen does not happen to any other law-abiding gun owners by requiring states to recognize each other's gun carry permits, while recognizing states' rights to create their own firearms laws", MacArthur said in a statement. The bill, which is endorsed by the National Rifle Association, prioritizes the Constitutional Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. However, the legislation only drew the support of six Democrats nationally, none of them from New Jersey.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo expressed discontent on his Twitter account about the right to carry concealed weapons across state lines.
"The truth is that concealed carry laws save lives", Ryan said in a statement.
The passage of the bill is a startling development after recent mass shootings that have rocked the nation and sparked calls for tightening, rather than loosening, gun regulations.
Should reciprocity sweep Congress and be signed into law by President Donald Trump, both the Everytown group and Giffords have promised to meet the federal government in court over the expansion, using the argument that it would violate states' rights protected by the Constitution.
As a political matter, it's likely that the House bill will struggle in the Senate, where the bill will need 60 votes, which means the bipartisan effort on the background check system will die because of House Republicans' efforts to approve the NRA-backed measure.
Two New Jersey Republicans- Chris Smith of the 4th District and Leonard Lance of the 7th District-voted against the bill.