National concealed-carry reciprocity is headed for a House vote. But there may be a catch. Excerpt:
A measure expanding carry protections slammed by gun control advocates is set for a full vote in the House this week but may be merged with other proposals.
“An overwhelming majority of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity. Momentum, common sense, and the facts are on our side,” said the sponsor of the reciprocity bill, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-NC. “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.”
Here’s the catch:
One caveat that gun rights advocates warn of with H.R.38 is the likelihood the bill will be amended to include the language of a new “Fix NICS” act, which would add several accountability measures designed to ensure that federal agencies submit the records of criminals, domestic abusers and others prohibited from possessing guns to the FBI-maintained system while giving states incentives to up their own reporting.
“Does the NICS background check system have problems? Yes, it results in tens of thousands of unjustified denials of gun purchases every year. But like many bills in Congress, the fix-NICS doesn’t live up to its name – it will likely do the opposite,” warned U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican who restarted the Second Amendment Caucus earlier this year. “It throws millions of dollars at a faulty program and it will result in more law-abiding citizens being deprived of their right to keep and bear arms.”
I’d love to see national reciprocity pass, but I don’t like the idea of screwing around with adding questionable categories to the NICS database. I have no issue with denying purchases to, say, convicted felons – they have been tried and convicted, so due process is satisfied. But there are too many nebulous criteria being proposed, like disabled veterans who have been assigned someone to manage their financial affairs. The worst suggestion is the addition of people on the “no-fly list” – a list which requires no due process to be included on, and to which there is no recourse if you are put on it by mistake.
Still. This is grist for the sausage mill; such is the state of affairs in politics, in that you have to give some to get some. I just hope we aren’t giving away a fundamental natural right for many Americans who do not deserve to lose same.