The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation that would make it legal for holders of a permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state to do so in every state in the country.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow concealed carry in some form.
Sounds reasonable, right? All 50 states allow concealed carry, and criminal background checks would be tightened, so why not?
Not so much.
Let's just say some people aren't happy about the bill.
This Twitter user compared it to eating too much at McDonald's:
The new concealed weapons bill is going to foster more horrendous shootings. It's like eating 2 big macs, 2 fish sandwiches and a chocolate malt everyday and wondering why you have a massive size ass.#NRA #ConcealedCarryReciprocityAct
— Donna Boyd (@donnadiane1970) December 6, 2017
This user thought it was a good time to remind us the National Rifle Association is a “terrorist organization”:
In light of the House passing today’s gun bill, a friendly reminder that the NRA is a terrorist organization.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) December 6, 2017
Some got their facts wrong:
Don’t worry, everyone. The House is about to pass a bill which allows gun owners from states allowing concealed carry to legally have concealed guns in states that DON’T allow it. Hey GOP, tell me more about Federal overreach and states rights. #HR38 #ConcealedCarryReciprocityAct
— Jon Dempsey (@jonnyodempsey) December 6, 2017
This person couldn't think of “too many things more dangerous”:
I can’t think of too many things more dangerous than this concealed carry gun reciprocity measure. I’ve had gun held to my head in mugging. How does the NRA get away with this! Oh yeah, they own @GOP. #socynical #gunsense
— Caron Golden (@carondg) December 6, 2017
Nancy Stein shamed the GOP for selling its soul:
— Nancy Stein (@nancyleeanne) December 6, 2017
Jeff Furbish wanted to know how the bill “jives” with the prayers and sorrow expressed after the Las Vegas massacre:
#maga? How does this jive with all the prayers and sorrow expressed after Las Vegas? It was “too soon” to talk about it then. Not to soon to enhance concealed carry now??? #GOPlies #GunControl #gunsense https://t.co/KJisTorjKj
— Jeff Furbish (@JJFurb) December 6, 2017
And some people were very happy about the bill.
User Pamela explained her real-life situation:
I have my concealed carry permit for PA I can't carry on my way two work because I drive through MD & work in DE. I go through rural areas who thinks about me and my safety? Criminals carry illegally I carry legally and responsibly! Vote YES! #ConcealedCarryReciprocityAct
— Pamela (@pamela_caron) December 6, 2017
Anonymous America said rights are rights, regardless of where you live:
Your rights should never stop at a state line I don't care what that right is. #ConcealedCarryReciprocityAct
— Anonymous America +++ (@KORANISBURNING_) December 6, 2017
Holly thanked the Gahanna, Ohio, police chief for supporting the bill:
— Holly England (@queenhollyfay) December 6, 2017
Of the bill, Police Chief Dennis Murphy wrote, in a Fox News op-ed:
[A]s a gun owner myself, I am all too often asked about confusing gun laws, and all too often confronted with what happens when a well-intentioned person gets in trouble for something they didn't know was wrong.
The laws regulating concealed carry are some of the nation's most confusing, and finally, Congress is trying to do something to change that.
An Ohioan, for example, can drive into Pennsylvania with no problem. But if they pass into New York, they break the law. I've heard story after story of otherwise law-abiding people who are stopped for a traffic violation, inform the officer they are carrying, and end up spending years, and a fortune, fighting prosecution. [...]
The national Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would end this. If passed, a person who is legal to carry concealed in their home state would be legal to carry in any other state they visited. It's a no-brainer.
Concealed carry reciprocity now moves to the Senate, where it faces tough opposition from Democrats. The bill would require 60 votes to pass.