The Republican-controlled House of Representatives just approved the Conceal Cary Reciprocity Bill—which will effectively allow all Americans to carry firearms secretly.
The bill, which the National Rifle Association hailed as the “highest legislative priority in Congress,” would amend the federal criminal code to allow people to transport concealed handguns across state lines, as long as both states allow concealed carry.
CCR would supersede any state statues on concealed firearms. The House Judiciary Committee last week approved the bill in a 19-11 vote. And while Democrats tried to include a ban on violent offenders, the Republicans thought it would be much better if people prone to violence be able to carry concealed weapons wherever they want. Unsurprisingly, the bull will face some legal challenges.
“First, we fully expect that the Senate will hear the voices of law enforcement and the public, and stop this dangerous legislation from becoming law,” Eric Tirschwell, director of litigation and national enforcement policy for Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group, said in a statement. “But if it were to make it to the president’s desk, we’d be waiting on the other side fully prepared to challenge it in court.”
Meanwhile, The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is “working on developing the legal arguments, as well as the evidentiary basis, for challenging the law,” J. Adam Skaggs, the group’s chief counsel, said in an interview. “I think the structure of what this law will seek to do is unprecedented, and it’s also unconstitutional because it violates core principals of federalism.”
And law enforcement officials have utterly condemned the bill—except for the National Fraternal Order of Police. Everyone else is pretty angry.
“Overriding states’ conceal carry standards with the lowest common denominator means more concern for the cops that I command,” said Kevin Davis, the Baltimore Police Commissioner, earlier this week.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo raised similar fears. “We here in Texas law enforcement, and most law enforcement do not support reciprocity,” he said.
The bill also includes a provision increasing federal and state reporting to the national gun background check system. But since violent offenders aren’t banned from getting weapons, and can conceal them in any state, the Republicans might as well be telling you what kind of bullets a person is using, while they are flying at you.