Langevin Condemns Passage of Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

Dec 6, 2017 Issues: Gun Safety

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released the following statement regarding H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 231 to 198:

“Today’s vote shows just how far Republicans will go to appease the National Rifle Association. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act will invalidate vital public safety laws that protect Americans from gun violence. The bill forces states to accept any concealed carry permit, even from a state that does not have a background check requirement and that allows non-residents to apply. The effects will be devastating. Rhode Island is one of many states that has strong and sensible requirements for concealed carry permits.

“In our state, you must be at least 21 years old, trained in gun safety, and have just cause to carry a concealed weapon. Under the proposal that passed today, a Rhode Island resident, even one convicted of domestic violence or subject to a restraining order, would be able to ‘permit shop’ in a state with weaker laws. The bill would also allow residents of states with weak requirements for permitting – or no requirements at all – to carry freely in our neighborhoods. With this bill, the weakest state law becomes the national law.

“It’s ludicrous that in the same year that we’ve seen the worst mass shootings in United States history, Republicans would pass such a dangerous bill. I urge my Senate colleagues to reject this legislation and preserve well-established state law.”