According to a GOP aide, a bill that combines the Fix NICS Act and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is likely to be voted on today.
“It is my understanding they may be combined,” the aide said. “Rules is meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. They have both. Floor vote should be Wednesday,” stated the aide. With 213 cosponsors at the moment, the bill is likely to be passed by the House committee.
It is also evident from the House Committee on Rules site that the two bills are likely to be combined. The website also shows Rep. Dina Titus’s amendment, filed to remove the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which made it through the Judiciary Committee last week. This amendment, however, is likely to be defeated by the Republican-controlled committee before the combined bill is moved to the house floor for Wednesday’s voting.
Despite the support it has received and the high probability of passing the house vote, getting the 60 votes necessary to pass the Senate will not be as easy. While the NRA is backing the bill with the intention to get a vote before the New Year, there is a huge group of gun-control activists opposing the national gun-carry reciprocity.
Former congresswoman, Gabby Giffords, is leading a gun control campaign across Minnesota and New Jersey. “With Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs still in shock over their communities’ losses, Congress is actually moving to weaken our public safety,” said Giffords.
However, Rep. Richard Hudson, the man behind the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, is still optimistic about the situation.
Expressing his optimism, Rep. Hudson said, “An overwhelming majority of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity. Momentum, common sense, and the facts are on our side,” Rep. Hudson said in a statement. “I want to thank Speaker Paul Ryan for his strong support of the Second Amendment, and I urge my colleagues to support this common-sense bill to protect law-abiding citizens.”
While gun–control activists still deem the reciprocator law as dangerous, NRA also stands by its stance on the matter, “Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines without fear of unknowingly breaking the law,” said Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “For years, the National Rifle Association’s top legislative priority has been to pass National Concealed Carry Reciprocity, a much-needed solution to the confusing patchwork of state and local gun laws. The NRA and law-abiding gun owners across America are excited to see this important legislation headed for a vote in the House of Representatives.”
The Fix NICS Act, on the other hand, seeks to hold military and federal agencies accountable for turning over criminal records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This bill is not facing similar opposition and is backed by NRA, Giffords, and Everytown for Gun Safety and National Shooting Sports Foundation
Rep. John Culberson, the man who introduced the bill, stated, “There is simply no excuse for the ongoing negligence of criminal history reporting into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). I am greatly encouraged by this bipartisan effort to ensure federal and state authorities enforce existing law. I urge my colleagues in Congress to support this lifesaving piece of legislation.”