Republicans’ Omnibus Bill: More Background Check Gun Laws, No Concealed Carry Reciprocity

OLYMPIA, WA - JANUARY 19: A demonstrator carries a handgun while listening to speakers at a pro-gun rally on January 19, 2013 in Olympia, Washington. The Guns Across America campaign drew thousands to state capitals, including over 1,000 demonstrators in Olympia. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
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The Republican omnibus bill includes Sen. Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) “Fix NICS” legislation but turns a blind eye to the national reciprocity legislation that was introduced in the Senate over a year ago.

National reciprocity for concealed carry was introduced in the Senate on March 1, 2017, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been mum on it ever since. It was introduced in the House on January 3, 2017, but was not passed until conservatives banded together and overcame Speaker Paul Ryan’s stonewalling on December 6, 2017.

So the common citizen waits, still unable to travel the country and freely carry his or her handgun for self-defense, even if he or she has a concealed carry permit.

But the Republican leadership made sure to include “Fix NICS” in the omnibus bill.

Politco reports that “House conservatives were furious” that “Fix NICS” was included in the omnibus bill. They said they had been told that Sen. Murphy’s bill “would only be considered along a gun-rights friendly measure to honor concealed carry permits across state lines.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), said, “What we were told by our leadership is directly opposite what is happening today.”

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