The U.S. Senate narrowly voted against allowing a person with a concealed weapon permit from one state to cross state lines and continue to carry the concealed weapon, reported the Associated Press.
Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota, pushed for the legislation, which attached the amendment to a military defense bill, reported Reuters. The amendment was co-sponsored by many Democrats whose states support gun rights, reported the New York Times.
After the voting, which was two votes away from passing, ended Thune, in his disappointment, said, “Today, overheated rhetoric and fear mongering overcame common sense,” reported the New York Times.
Anne Mathias of Concept Capital Washington Research Group said, “This is a message to the NRA (National Rifle Association) that its legislative agenda isn’t going to receive carte blanche,” reported Reuters.
The New York Times reported that Congress voted in May to allow gun owners to carry “loaded and concealed weapons in national parks.” Reuters reported that 37 states currently “have reciprocity agreements in place that recognize permits issued elsewhere.”