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D.C. Concealed Weapons Amendment Fails In House Judiciary Committee

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WASHINGTON -- An amendment that would have allowed people with concealed-weapons permits from other states to bring their handguns into the District of Columbia failed in a committee vote Thursday.

The House Judiciary Committee voted down the amendment, the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).

If it had been approved, the bill would have granted reciprocity to people with concealed-weapons permits from one state, allowing them to bring those weapons into another state, so long as that state also offers concealed-weapons permits. Gohmert's amendment would have extended that reciprocity into the nation's capital.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) opposed the amendment. According to a statement:

"Not only does the amendment violate home rule, it also endangers homeland security in the nation’s capital and the safety of federal employees, officials and D.C. residents. Federal and local police officials have testified repeatedly before Congress that the gun-lobby-backed D.C. gun bill (H.R. 645), which would, among other things, permit concealed carry in D.C., threatens the security of federal officials and foreign dignitaries in the nation’s capital."

H.R. 822 will be taken up again on Friday at 10 a.m. -- watch online.