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GOP-led House passes NRA-backed gun bill

GOP-led House passes NRA-backed gun bill”

The NRA awarded Rep. DesJarlais an "A" grade for his work to protect Americans' gun rights.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., called the bill an attempt to undermine states' rights, "hamstring law enforcement and allow unsafe criminals to walk around with hidden guns anywhere and at any time".

"Even the most careful and knowledgeable concealed carry permit holders find it hard to navigate the current maze of state and local concealed carry laws", Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), author of the bill, said.

Heather Gooze, a bartender at the country music festival where the shooting occurred, said she didn't want 23-year-old Jordan McIldoon to be a "John Doe", unnamed and alone. "At a time when NY boasts some of the most significant drops in violent crime, this brash and misguided legislation has the potential to reverse that trend as it will make it easier for people with criminal histories to carry unsafe firearms on our streets".

The Justice Department announced Tuesday it is reviewing whether weapons using bump stocks should be considered illegal machine guns under federal law.

Dunn expressed his support Wednesday for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which the House approved 231-198.

"Several years after being shot in the head, I've learned a lot - how to walk again, how to talk again, and how to start each day ready to change the world, " she said in a statement.

"This risky legislation would allow gun owners to bring their guns into Boston unchecked and concealed at a time when my officers are working tirelessly to keep guns and the damage and devastation they cause out of our city", Evans said in the statement.

Twelve states do not require permits, which means residents of those states could be allowed to carry a concealed weapon in NY without ever having a background check or meeting any other safety requirements. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and it has 213 cosponsors in the House.

The bill was linked with legislation to improve the national background check system for gun purchases, a measure that has rare bipartisan consensus.

Gabrielle Giffords, who left the House after becoming a victim of gun violence in her home state of Arizona and started a gun-control group, said that "Congress has failed the American people" and moved toward making the country less safe. The Air Force has discovered several dozen other such reporting omissions since the November 5 shooting. He called it a cynical maneuver to force Democrats to cast a politically unpopular vote against background checks.

Brandon, the ATF director, acknowledged that the federal review may find the government doesn't have authority to ban bump stocks.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary Committee's top ranking Democrat, said the uncertainty demands that Congress quickly approve legislation "to ban these risky devices".



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