The House passed concealed carry reciprocity legislation Wednesday. (Dave Workman)
Gun rights advocates won a major victory in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday as the concealed carry reciprocity legislation that has been bitterly opposed by gun control lobbying groups passed on a bipartisan vote of 231-198.
Chris Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, immediately released a statement applauding the victory.
“This vote marks a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights,” Cox said. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves, and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines.”
Passage of the bill did not come without some drama. In the hours leading up to the Wednesday vote, some in the gun rights movement actually argued over tenets of the bill.
The bill, H.R. 38, ensures that those Americans