Congress Moves Backward on Gun Safety


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After failing to pass any gun safety legislation for a decade, and after witnessing two of the most deadly shootings in U.S. history in consecutive months, the House of Representatives has finally taken up the issue — and made matters even worse.

The House on Wednesday passed a bill requiring states that permit individuals to carry concealed guns to allow out-of-state residents to do so as well, if they can legally carry in their home state. It's an idea long supported by the gun lobby, and it poses real dangers to the public.

The bill's proponents argue that just as state-issued drivers licenses are valid nationwide, so too should be concealed-carry permits. But standards for drivers' licenses are generally consistent across the nation: Applicants must pass a test, and often must take safety classes. Standards for concealed-carry permits diverge wildly — and sometimes don't exist at all.