Goodlatte Applauds Passage of Bill to Protect the Second Amendment and Curb Gun Violence
Today the House of Representatives took action to protect Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms and enhance public safety.The House of Representatives today approved a bill to protect the Second Amendment and curb gun violence, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38). This bipartisan bill, sponsored by Congressman Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), allows people with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, or individuals who are citizens of states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that allows concealed carry, as long as the individual follows the laws of that state.
H.R. 38 also contains the Fix NICS Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill that ensures federal and state authorities comply with existing law and report criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Fix NICS Act penalizes federal agencies that fail to report relevant criminal records to the FBI, incentivizes states to improve their reporting, and directs federal funding to make sure domestic violence records are accurately reported to the FBI. Further, the bill requires the Attorney General to report to Congress within 180 days the number of times that a bump stock has been used in the commission of a crime in the United States and whether penalties under current law already apply to the use of weapons equipped with bump stocks in the commission of violent crimes.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, applauded House approval of H.R. 38 in the statement below:
“Today the House of Representatives took action to protect Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms and enhance public safety. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ensures that law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment right does not end when they cross state lines. Citizens with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, or individuals who are citizens of states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, should not have to worry about losing these constitutional rights when entering another state.
“Further, the bill strengthens our nation’s existing laws by ensuring criminal activity is reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Tragically, our nation has all too often witnessed heinous acts of violence by criminals who should never have been able to purchase a firearm. We must ensure that both federal and state authorities are properly and accurately reporting criminal information to NICS so that we prevent crime and protect lives. I thank Congressmen Hudson and Culberson for their work on this legislation and call on the Senate to pass it.”
Click here for video of Congressman Goodlatte’s statement in support of H.R. 38 on the House floor.