House passes bill loosening gun restrictions

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The House approved the bill, 231-198, largely along party lines.

The House passed legislation Wednesday that would force states to recognize concealed carry permits issued by other states, and strengthen the federal gun background check system. Two months after two of the deadliest shootings in US history, Republicans were "brazenly moving to hand the NRA the biggest item on its Christmas wish list", said Pelosi, D-Calif. All five GOP House members from Nebraska and western Iowa supported the measure. The bill, which is endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), prioritizes the Constitutional Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

A concealed carry permit holder in Kentucky driving to St. Louis for Christmas is not able to carry his firearm with him while in IL.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., told The World-Herald that he had just spoken with Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, who has advocated for the bill. It also would create incentives for states to report more records. They also include punishments, such as stripping bonuses from political appointees, for states and agencies that don't fully comply.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who is the co-author of the bipartisan Fix NICS Act, called the bill "a bad, risky idea". Esty represents Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 students and six educators were fatally shot in 2012. The shooter responsible for killing 58 people and injuring almost 500 more attending a Las Vegas concert in October used bump stocks to direct large amounts of ammunition on the crowd, and members from both parties have called for ban on them.

Thomas Brandon told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the ATF and Justice Department would not have initiated the review "if (banning them) wasn't a possibility at the end".

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Many same-sex marriage supporters have travelled to Canberra to witness the outcome in the lower house. All of the proposed amendments to the Bill, from each end of the political spectrum were voted down.

The Justice Department announced Tuesday a review of bump stocks to determine whether weapons using them should be considered illegal machine guns under federal law. The push comes as many continue to call for stricter gun laws in light of several recent mass shootings, including Las Vegas and Sandy Hook.

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.

The committee's chairman, Sen. "Any talk about this legislation assisting unsafe criminals is irrational since criminals can not get permits to carry guns", Connecticut Citizens Defense League President Scott Wilson Sr. said in a statement to Channel 3 on Wednesday.

State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37th Dist.) called the bill "appalling...absolutely reprehensible" and warned of "severe public safety consequences" for New Jersey citizens. Additionally, it puts the burden of proof on the state to show an individual carrying a concealed firearm violated the law, protecting law-abiding gun owners from burdensome civil lawsuits.

"I support both of those bills but I recognize that if you combine them it makes it a lot harder to pass the consensus bill which is the fix NICS bill", Cornyn said. "And if someone is a felon, we damn well better know about it when the guy goes to the counter to buy a gun because we'll make sure it keeps it out of his hands".

"No one should pass a firearms background check that he or she should have failed simply because their record of a felony conviction or domestic violence record, or some other prohibition under federal law, was not included in the system", Mr. Nadler said.

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