Today, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement after the bipartisan Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38) and Fix NICS Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives:

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 ensures that law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights do not end when they cross state lines. This legislation, which I was proud to cosponsor, allows residents with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit to travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting concealed carry reciprocity laws or onerous civil suits.

“I was also pleased to support the bipartisan Fix NICS Act which passed the House today. Following the horrific acts of violence in Sutherland Springs, Texas we must do all we can to prevent these tragedies from happening again. This legislation would require federal and state authorities to enforce existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Had our existing background check laws been enforced, the tragedy in Sutherland Springs could have been avoided all together.”