Months After Nation's Deadliest Mass Shooting, House Passes Bill Loosening Gun Restrictions

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords called the vote “unthinkable.”

Just months after the nation's deadliest mass shooting in Las Vegas, the House passed a bill that would expand gun rights. According to CNN, the House passed a bill known as The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act on Wednesday that would allow gun owners with permits to carry concealed weapons across state lines.

The bill passed 231 to 198.

Proponents say the bill would make it easier for those who own guns to travel. Currently, concealed permits are not valid between state lines. Those against the bill point to public safety and cite recent gun violence in the country. In October, a shooter killed at least 58 and injured over 500 in what was the nation's deadliest mass shooting in modern history. The 64-year-old man shot rapid fire down at music festival attendees from his 32nd floor hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Last month, a man killed 26 and injured around 20 people in a Texas church sanctuary.

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords called the vote “unthinkable.”

"The House of Representatives passed a bill that would let almost anyone carry loaded, concealed firearms almost anywhere in the United States,” said Giffords, who was shot in the head during a 2011 mass shooting. 

“How can we face the families of these people and say this bill is the best we could do?” Rep. Pramila Jayapal said

On the other end, Rep. Liz Cheney said, “Those traveling or living on the border of a state that does not recognize their home state’s laws could have their gun rights stripped when they cross state lines. That’s wrong.”

The National Rifle Association (NRA) called the bill its “number one legislative priority."

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