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Congress votes to substantially weaken gun laws in the wake of deadly mass shootings

The House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday, in a vote of 231 to 198, that would allow gun owners with concealed weapons permits to carry their weapons across state lines.

The bill, called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would effectively allow residents from states with looser restrictions on concealed weapons to circumvent states with tighter gun laws. A resident of Mississippi, where it is legal to carry a concealed gun without a permit, would be able to bring their firearms into a state like New York or Massachusetts, where residents are required by law to demonstrate a need for self-protection in order to carry without a permit. After two of our nation’s worst mass shootings, Congress took direct instruction from the gun lobby and passed a bill that will override existing state laws and allow dangerous, untrained people to carry guns in every state and every city. Studies show states with weaker concealed carry laws let people with violent criminal histories carry guns in public, and as a result those states have more violent crime and murder.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, first introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson, was bundled with another bill, the Fix NICS bill, that would force state and federal agencies to maintain more thorough records within the federal background-check system, which dealers reference during most gun purchases.

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