Fourteen Republicans Vote No on H.R. 38 with FIX NICS, Bill Passes the House

Thomas Massie
Click here to see Congressman Massie explain his position on H.R. 38

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- My gut reaction to H.R. 38 was this is amazing, I could not believe it was happening. Instantly I was dreaming of being able to carry a firearm for self-defense in places like my home state of New Jersey. After hearing the reasons why Congressman Massie and Amash oppose the bill, I was shocked to find myself in agreeance with them.

H.R. 38: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a means by which nonresidents of a State whose residents may carry concealed firearms may also do so in the State.

From the NRA:

The National Rifle Association applauded the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday for passing the most far-reaching expansion of self-defense rights in modern American history. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 passed with bipartisan support in a 231-198 vote.

“This vote marks a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves, and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines.”

The bill passed the House but it's concerning that fourteen republicans did not stand with their party and the rights of citizens to bear arms. As a supporter of gun rights, the first thought when hearing the bill passed the House was to see who failed to support the civil rights of everyday Americans. Take time to look at Govtrack to see if your representative supported your individual rights.

House Republican Members who did not support the passing of HR 38:

Buck, KenCO 4th
Curbelo, CarlosFL 26th
Ros-Lehtinen, IleanaFL 27th
Roskam, PeterIL 6th
Massie, ThomasKY 4th
Amash, JustinMI 3rd
Smith, ChrisNJ 4th
Lance, LeonardNJ 7th
King, PeteNY 2nd
Donovan, DanielNY 11th
Costello, RyanPA 6th
Meehan, PatrickPA 7th
Fitzpatrick, BrianPA 8th
Gohmert, LouieTX 1st

Most notable for the “No Vote” would be Thomas Massie and Justin Amash. Thomas Massie, Second Amendment Caucus Chairman and @libertycaucus member posted a video to Facebook explaining his position on the vote.

A worthy read from Justin Amash, @libertycaucus member is the retweet statement from the Liberty Caucus found on Twitter.

Justin Amash retweet from the House Liberty Caucus regarding HR 38 vote

About Duncan Johnson:Duncan Johnson

Duncan is a firm believer in the Second Amendment and that “shall not be infringed”, means exactly that.  A life-long firearms enthusiast and a graduate of George Mason University, now competing regularly in 3 gun competitions, Duncan is always looking to improve his shooting skills. Duncan is a regular contributor to AmmoLand and assists in the everyday gun-news publishing as an assistant editor.

  • 14 thoughts on “Fourteen Republicans Vote No on H.R. 38 with FIX NICS, Bill Passes the House

    1. I haven’t studied this bill in full but taking what I have read here and other places it is simply a method to shove more money into a failed law and it will still be a failed law. The icing on the cake is the fact that Chucky and feinstein are for it and several of the congressmen mentioned here are respectful people and Jeff Knox says it is a bad deal. It needs to go down in flames.

    2. I just came across this pronouncement from Lawrence Keane of the NSSF.

      The firearms industry’s trade association on Thursday released a statement arguing the language of a national concealed carry reciprocity bill does not interfere with the Second Amendment rights.

      Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said the Fix NICS legislation folded into H.R.38 just before it was passed this week in the House is not a gun control measure as some contend. Instead, it simply moves to help ensure the National Instant Criminal Background Check System has all necessary disqualifying records of those who should not have firearms in its database.

      https://www.nssf.org/what-fixing-nics-really-entails-and-what-it-does-not-portend/

      Sounds like he/the NSSF is in bed with the NRA/ Civilian firearm prohibitionists/ Commicrats,what have you or he’s out of his ever lovin mind.

      1. A national registry serves no purpose other than to collect names & locations of the people who own guns & where to find them. I do not know one person who owns a gun that feels the need to pay the government an extra $35-$50 tax (fee) to pay for a check that will not prevent anyone who has ill intent on their mind from following through…fix NICS is not a fix, it is an infringement.
        I know a man who got all his hunting rifles & shotguns confiscated because his son was in treatment from post traumatic stress from war service & was temporarily living at home by Kamala Harris as attorney general of California.
        HR 38 should be a stand alone law not one mixed up with gun control laws

    3. The issue of whether the Constitution delegates to the Federal government, power not specifically enumerated, while diminishing the right of the individual States, is a double-edged sword as I might have predicted. While 50 state reciprocity is a grand idea, once it is enshrined as law, it would only take another turnover in the Supreme Court with a hostile administration to move it the other way as wholly a Federal jurisdictional fiat. Adding this NICS rider to H.R. 38 was a Trojan Horse, as others more than amply suggest. What is needed is a clean bill, and if it’s troubling enough for Rep. Gohmert who is generally one of “us,” we should be concerned.

      1. @David, You write, ” The issue of whether the Constitution delegates to the Federal government, power not specifically enumerated,…” There is no such issue. Congress always has to find Constitutional authority for statutes that it passes. That authority is listed at the beginning of modern bills. When Congress errs, the S. Ct. often finds authority for them, seldom not.

    4. As an old veteran and retired citizen, in my humble opinion, all laws pertaining to our weapons are unconstitutional.The 2nd amendment does not leave any leeway for these laws that are against the constitution.Vote these idiots out of office or have them removed for collusion against our country.
      Just saying,
      Grampa 38

    5. If Feinstein and Shumer are in favor of passing this, it smells like the floor of a horse barn. The added on ‘fix NICS’ bill is a trojan horse. It is what these clowns have wanted for years, gun registration. The CC bill by itself is what we want, not a ‘fix’ system that will create a national data base.
      Does Germany in the 1930’s ring a bell? All to protect the innocent citizens was their excuse too, and some of us can remember how well that worked out. Once our names and info is in any sort of national database, we are cooked and ready to eat.

    6. The bill is not perfect. But without it, MILLIONS are being denied their constitutional rights. It is the lesser of two evils and these RINO’S should have supported the bill. VOTE THEM OUT!

      1. Juan, why is it your opinion that enforcing existing laws is not acceptable? Creating new laws, instead of enforcing existing ones, causes huge negative side effects. First there become too many laws o realistically enforce. Next, many of the laws contradict one another. Then it puts law-abiding citizens in danger of unintentionally violating a law due to the vagaries or conflicting verbiage. Did you know that you can be arrested, charged and convicted of several laws every day? Sad but true.

    7. I can’t argue with Massie’s reasoning and as a Constitutional Republic,Constitutional carry is already the law of the land,or it is supposed to be,just Enforce it.

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