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Following the horrific shooting which targeted Republicans who were preparing for the annual Congressional baseball game on Wednesday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) will be introducing a bill to allow for the reciprocity of a concealed carry permit, from a persons home state, to become valid in DC.
The Washington Examiner’s Alex Pappas tweeted the announcement on Thursday.
Kentucky Rep. Massie is introducing bill where anyone with concealed carry permit in home state can use permit in Washington D.C
— Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) June 15, 2017
Massie said on Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto: Coast to Coast:”
“What I’m trying to do is anticipate how to avoid a tragic situation in the future, and what the American people don’t realize is that most congressman do not have a security detail and we are as exposed as the general public is exposed as they come to visit our nation’s Capitol.”
The Kentucky representative also mentioned that the bill would make it easier for non-D.C. residents to apply for concealed carry permits in Washington even if their home state does not offer such licenses, reports the Hill.
The reported bill follows calls from other Republicans to open laws allowing for self protection.
“I think we need to look at some kind of reciprocity for members here, but also we need to look at security detail if Scalise hadn’t been on our team it would have been really bad,” Loudermilk told reporters. “You know, at what point do you have a congregation of members — and we’re not any more special anybody else but we are targets — do you have a security detail with you then,” said Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk.
The Hill explained that, “Washington has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and prohibits firearms from being openly carried. Concealed-carry permits in the District are tightly regulated, and those who wish to obtain one must meet certain criteria.”