As mourners gather today for a national vigil remembering the victims of gun violence, the U.S. House of Representatives passed NRA-backed legislation making it easier for felons, domestic abusers, and untrained citizens to carry loaded, hidden guns anywhere in the nation.
Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send a dangerous bill on guns, known as concealed carry reciprocity, to the House floor, where it could be voted on at any time. The Committee's vote was on party lines. In finalizing the bill, the Committee rejected proposed amendments which included measures to establish a minimum age to carry concealed guns, protect state laws that prohibit carrying concealed guns in bars, and require background checks for all gun sales.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence today responded to the introduction of the Fix NICS Act of 2017 by Senators John Cornyn (R-Tex) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn), which seeks to strengthen the reporting of prohibited purchasers, including domestic abusers, by state and federal agencies into our nation’s background check system.