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Vote on first major national gun law in years happening Wednesday

Person openly carrying a gun, Photo: Wikimedia Commons / MGN

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - U.S. Congress is expected to vote Wednesday on the first major national gun law in years, and it could allow more people to carry concealed weapons.

The bill is called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The National Rifle Association has been pushing for the law to ease the rules for many gun owners.

If the bill passes, each state would be required to honor a concealed carry permit issued by another state, even if the permit holder's state of residence has much lower standards or no permit requirement at all for those carrying concealed weapons.

It would basically override the rules of individual states when it comes to guns.

When it passed the House Judiciary Committee last week, a group of district attorneys and police chiefs joined both Democratic and Republican senators who believe the proposed bill would constitute a massive security risk.

"It's an incredibly dangerous proposal particularly for Californians and I'll explain why. It would effectively allow states with the weakest gun laws to supersede states with the strongest gun laws,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California.

"It would mean that someone perhaps from one of the 12 states that have no permit requirements whatsoever could take a gun or guns and carry those guns into any other state like New York like California and be completely legal,” said Cy Vance Jr., Manhattan District Attorney.

While the legislation is likely to pass the House, it faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where it will need 60 votes to pass.

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