Advocates for tighter gun control in America are stark raving mad due to the House of Representatives passing an NRA backed gun bill that makes it even easier to walk around with a gun in your pocket.
This news comes less than two months after one of the most deadliest shooting sprees in American history when a man stormed into a Sutherland church in Texas and killed more than 45 people.
The bill eases restrictions when it comes to conceal carry permits, and allows people to carry fire arms across state lines, thus ignoring individual state guidelines when it comes to conceal carry.
“This bill ensures that all law-abiding citizens in our great country can protect themselves in the manner they see fit without accidentally running afoul of the law,” said Chris W. Cox, the N.R.A.’s executive director.
The bill did address improving background checks when it comes to a person actually buying a gun, but with guns so easily accessible in America, many feel that not enough has been done to prevent people from owning guns who should not, own them.
The final House vote was 231 to 198, with six Democrats in favor and 14 Republicans against the bill.
Republicans Pass Conceal Carry Bill
“For the millions of law-abiding citizens who lawfully carry concealed to protect themselves, for conservatives who want to strengthen our Second Amendment rights, and for the overwhelming majority of Americans who support concealed carry reciprocity, Christmas came early,” Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., the bill’s sponsor, reacted.
Hudson added that “almost half the states” already allow concealed carry permits, but this new bill would make this countrywide.
Democrats are disappointed with the passing of the bill, with many feeling that making it easier to carry a weapon only enhancing America’s gun crisis, not helping reduce it.
“The answer to our national problem of gun violence is not that we need more people carrying concealed firearms on our streets,” said Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut called it “unspeakable” that congress would ease restrictions on gun ownership after the recent wave of violant gun attacks across the country.
“I’m angry that when this country is begging for courage from our leaders, they are responding with cowardice,” said former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was shot in the head in 2011, in a statement.
“Congress has failed the American people,” she continued. “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. Let’s be clear: These politicians are trading our safety for political contributions from the gun lobby.”
“If more guns made people safer, we’d be the safest country on earth,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. “We’re far from it.”
The next step for the bill will be a trip to the Senate, where it will have to be passed again before going to Trump for his final approval.