The bill passed mostly along party lines, 231-198, with six Democrats supporting it. Fourteen Republicans opposed the legislation, the first major firearms-related bill Congress has voted on since the massacres in Las Vegas and Texas earlier this year.
Republicans argued that Americans’ Second Amendment rights to bear arms should not end when they cross state lines.
“The Bill of Rights is not a philosophical exercise,” Georgia GOP Rep. Doug Collins, who personally had a concealed carry permit for what described as self-defense reasons. “I don’t think that right should be undermined simply because I travel to another state.”
Democrats angrily denounced the legislation, known as “concealed carry reciprocity.”