One of the most important legislative bills to be considered in the Trump era thus far (after Obamacare repeal and tax reform), the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 now seems headed towards a conclusion.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and the Fix NICS Act will be combined and likely voted on Wednesday, a GOP aide told the Washington Free Beacon Monday.
“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.”
The House Committee on Rules website shows the texts of the two bills combined as well as an amendment filed by Rep. Dina Titus (D., Nev.) that would strip the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act from the bill. The Republican-controlled committee is likely to defeat the amendment and move the combined bill to the House floor where it is currently scheduled for a vote on or after Wednesday. The bill, which currently has 213 cosponsors, is likely to pass the House vote.
If the bill makes it through the House, which seems likely, it will then head to the Senate where it faces a much more difficult battle to gain 60 votes from a less conservative body.
However, don’t tell Rep. Richard Hudson (R., N.C.), who authored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, that the bill faces an uphill fight. Hudson was optimistic about what he saw as growing momentum for the bill since it passed the Judiciary Committee last week.
“An overwhelming majority of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity. Momentum, common sense, and the facts are on our side,” Rep. Hudson said. “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.”
It seems unlikely, at this point, that the GOP will be able to find 60 votes to pass the bill through the Senate, but perhaps the Senate will take the bill and mold it into something more palatable for every GOP Senator (even the more moderate Senators)? Either way, the fact that this bill has become necessary is in and of itself proof that we’ve lost control of our government. The 2nd Amendment already supplies every law abiding American with a “concealed carry reciprocity” protection. It argues that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” which would seem to suggest that citizens should be able to carry across state lines without the threat of fine or imprisonment.
Sadly, the America we live in seems to have forgotten that the Bill of Rights and our Constitution exist.