Republicans argued that Americans' Second Amendment rights to bear arms should not end when they cross state lines.
Still, it's revealing that in the wake of two of the most horrific mass shootings in recent USA history, Republicans are moving forward with legislation to expand gun rights.
Gun rights advocates claim that it's very rare for concealed carry permit holders to commit crimes and that "a good guy with a gun" shouldn't be contained by state lines.
Esty, who represents Newtown, calls the GOP maneuver "an insult to the folks in Sandy Hook", a Newtown village where 20 school children and six adults were killed in 2012.
Although reciprocity with certain states has passed the house, gun owner's still have to follow state specific laws. Someone who gets a gun in Vermont, one of 12 states that allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit, would be able to also carry it concealed in neighboring NY, a state where it's much more hard to get a license and where other states' permits aren't now recognized.
The NRA said it believes misleading statements from those opposed to the bill are endangering its passage and the passage of the national gun-carry reciprocity bill it's attached to.
"Are you serious? We have to make sure that never happens again", Hudson said. "This bill would ensure that law-abiding citizens do not lose the ability to protect themselves when they travel from state to state. This is why a National Reciprocity bill was introduced by Congress".
"Instead of focusing on working to craft commonsense gun reform such as the banning of risky bump-stocks, Congressional Republicans continue to cater to the whims of the gun lobby at the expense of the safety of our people". Our state has strong gun safety laws in place and remains committed to enforcing these statutes in the face of federal overreach. He has a bipartisan bill on that issue with Connecticut Sen.
Despite any concerns it has with the Fix NICS Act, GOA encouraged members of Congress to vote for the combined bill in hopes that the package had a better chance of passing the Senate.
Democrats angrily denounced the legislation, known as "concealed carry reciprocity". That's why law enforcement officials all over the country hate this bill.
The background check bill merged with the reciprocity bill would punish federal agencies that fail to report their records on domestic violence to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which screens gun purchases from licensed firearms dealers.
Authorities in NY and Los Angeles, as well as activists in Morristown and across New Jersey, contend the measure will increase risks for police and make it easy for gun owners from places with lax gun laws, like West Virginia, to secretly tote weapons here, where restrictions are stricter.
"They're hijacking a modest, bipartisan proposal that would help improve the background check system". "But we are arguing that 18 U.S.C. 922 (g), as interpreted by the 2007 NICS Improvement Amendments Act and its regulations at 27 CFR 478.11, is so potentially broad, that, if every eligible name were submitted to NICS, as the bill proposes, the result would be the submission of a large number of names of otherwise law-abiding Americans".
The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says his agency anticipates being able to exercise regulatory control over devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire faster.