The Las Vegas massacre has stirred the conversation on gun control again, and, again, the country seems to support less restrictive policy.
Recently, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed House approval by a vote of 231-98.
the National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry
- means anyone with a concealed-carry gun permit in one state may travel to another state and not worry about being arrested or fined for carrying the concealed weapon
- with it, each state must honor a permit from any other state that has issued it
- example: someone from Kansas, where people can carry concealed guns without any permits, could travel with a gun to New York, where laws are more strict
- more broadly: some states require little to no standards for concealed weapons, while others require knowledge of firearms or firearm safety.
- in theory, people could get permits from states with the easiest rules and carry them into states with the strictest rules
- the bill still needs to pass a Senate vote
17 state attorneys general sent a letter urging Congress to oppose the bill. If the bill passes the Senate, and Trump signs it, the attorneys general could take the bill to federal court.
24 state attorneys general supported the bill, citing second amendment rights.
Even as this legislation makes its way through the House, a the right to own versus the need for restrictions imposed on ownership is being discussed across the country. Pew Research did some digging and found there are fundamental differences that run along party lines, even as 3-in-10 people report owning a gun, and protection being the number one reason for the ownership.
Read more on this study here: Key takeaways of Americans’ views on guns and gun ownership (Pew Research)
And, here, as WordStirs takes a look at the gun ownership debate.