On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a concealed carry bill that allowed those with permits to carry their concealed guns across state lines. Essentially, what the bill does is allow concealed carry permits to be treated like driver's licenses so that they are universal across all states.
The bill passed in a 231-198 vote, with six Democrats supporting it. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) said, “The Bill of Rights is not a philosophical exercise. I don't think that right should be undermined simply because I travel to another state.”
The National Rifle Association's executive director, Chris Cox, said:
“All law-abiding citizens in our great country can protect themselves in the manner they see fit without accidentally running afoul of the law.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had some other thoughts, however. She said that it was inviting “violent criminals,” “domestic abusers,” and “convicted stalkers” to carry concealed weapons and that the House voted “to do exactly that:”
Inviting violent criminals to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives
Inviting domestic abusers to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives
Inviting convicted stalkers to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 6, 2017
There's only one problem with this: that's not what this bill does at all. A measure was even added to the bill following the Texas church shooting that left 26 people dead, strengthening tracking of background checks and databases of legal and mental health records. This was in response to Devin Patrick Kelley, the shooter, who wasn't disqualified from being able to purchase a firearm despite his history of domestic violence.
Users on Twitter quickly jumped in and pointed out just how wrong Pelosi was:
This is patently false. Existing law 18 USC s922 bars violent criminals and domestic abusers from legal carry or purchase. You are attempting to deny rights based on false claims. #2A #ConcealedCarryReciprocity https://t.co/ULXDywpzl1
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) December 7, 2017
Convicted violent criminals are NOT allowed to own guns.
Convicted domestic abusers are NOT allowed to own guns.
Convicted stalkers w/restraining orders are NOT allowed to own guns.
This tweet's Pinocchio rating: 🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥 https://t.co/jMXmrX9w3q
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) December 6, 2017
— NRA (@NRA) December 7, 2017
Violent criminals, domestic abusers, and convicted stalkers would not pass a background check, there for wouldn't legally be allowed to own let alone carry a firearm.
Stop lying, Nancy. https://t.co/prn2rhIwcq
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 7, 2017
None of these people are legally allowed to own or carry guns and violent criminals are not waiting for a concealed carry law to pass in order to do so.
ffs you ridiculous woman. https://t.co/PVvdIXnmfw
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) December 7, 2017
Anyone convicted of a felony or domestic-violence-related misdemeanor is already prohibited from legally owning or possessing firearms, let alone legally carrying them. https://t.co/vmoDN16E12
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) December 7, 2017
Ms. Pelosi, you are a lawmaker with national influence.
You are supposed to know what the existing law already is.
It is clear from your Tweet today you do not know what the law is.
I feel surreal saying this to a member of Congress, but....
Learn what the law is, please.
— Stealth Jeff (@drawandstrike) December 7, 2017
Are you intentionally misleading people, or are you completely unaware of concealed carry laws?
— 🎄Al-in-the-Box🎁 (@2CynicAl65) December 7, 2017
The Bill does none of this. This is an absolute lie. Well, it’s actually three lies. Congrats.
— Drew Gibson (@drewgibson) December 7, 2017