WASHINGTON– Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:
“This newly reworked legislation clears up confusion for law enforcement and law abiding concealed carry permit holders while it also strengthens the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This bill will hold federal and state officials accountable by ensuring they report criminal history records to NICS, without at all expanding the ranks of those barred. Additionally, it will require the Bureau of Justice Statistics to inform Congress how many times a bump stock has been used to commit a crime – an accessory reported to be used in the Las Vegas massacre. I cosponsored this legislation because I believe in protecting the constitutional rights of American citizens to own a firearm, and I understand the vital responsibility to ensure that right is only enjoyed by those who abide by the letter of the law.”
Congressman Steve Womack has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011 and serves on the House Appropriations Defense, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees and the House Committee on the Budget.