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GOP Pushing Bill That Permits Carrying Concealed Guns Across U.S.

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Republicans shot down amendments by Democrats that would have banned violent offenders from qualifying under the law.

Late Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, a measure that would keep states with stricter gun laws from imposing their requirements on travelers from other states.

The National Rifle Association has called the concealed carry bill, which would make it easier for gun owners to keep their firearms hidden when crossing state lines, its “highest legislative priority in Congress.” Despite concerns raised by Democrats about states’ rights and domestic violence, the Republican-controlled Congress has pushed the proposal one step closer to becoming law.

Republicans dismissed several amendments to the bill offered by Democrats:

"...including a proposal by Nadler to ban violent offenders from possessing a concealed handgun and another from Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas to exclude those convicted of domestic violence and stalking. A residency amendment, brought by Democrat Zoe Lofgren of California, was also rejected. The amendment sought to prevent “permit shopping” by prohibiting those living in states with stringent conceal carry permit regulations from applying for permits in more lax states.

Bloomberg reports that a similar bill currently sits before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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