Editor’s note: The House on Wednesday passed its version of the legislation referred to in this letter. The Senate has yet to act on its version.
The bipartisan Fix NICS Act is an example of sensible gun legislation. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), is a modest proposal to improve reporting of records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
It would improve the system by increasing how often states and federal agencies report offenses that would legally prohibit individuals from buying a firearm. Deficiencies in the background check database reporting system were a factor in the mass shooting at the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
U.S. House leadership, however, has decided to package Concealed Carry Reciprocity with the Fix NICS Act. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity would override the standards that states have set for who can carry hidden, loaded guns in public. It would force each state to accept the concealed carry standards of every other state, even states that have weak standards, or worse, no standards at all.
There are 19 states that don’t require any gun safety training in order to carry a concealed gun in public, while 12 states don’t require a permit or background check.
Packaging Concealed Carry Reciprocity with the Fix NICS Act would gut the act, undermining state gun laws and forcing every state to allow people with dangerous histories and no training to carry hidden, loaded guns in public. Please contact your congressman to express your opposition to Concealed Carry Reciprocity.