Legislation designed to allow for concealed carry of firearms nationwide is gaining additional backers on Capitol Hill.
More than a third of the House of Representatives signed on to co-sponsor H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, introduced Jan. 3 by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC). There are now 176 bipartisan co-sponsors.
In the Senate, S.446, the companion bill introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on Feb. 27, also has more than a third of the Senate’s support, with 36 co-sponsors.
The bills which are supported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and practically every pro-gun organization, would force states to treat a concealed carry license in the same manner as a driving license. States would still maintain authority for permitting and for setting laws and regulations for carrying a concealed firearm.
Sandy Hook lawsuit plaintiffs file brief
Plaintiffs in the Soto v. Bushmaster et all case against recently Remington, a firearms dealer and distributor filed their opening brief in the Connecticut Supreme Court recently.
The plaintiffs continue to claim that the lawful manufacture, distribution and sale of an AR-15 type rifle constituted Pnegligent entrustment, and the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) does not apply. Enacted in 2005, the PLCAA protects manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from vexatious litigation.
In October 2016, the Connecticut Superior Court upheld the PLCAA and dismissed the suit against the Remington companies, a distributor, and the dealer who legally sold the Bushmaster rifle to the of the elementary school shooter.