May 20th, 2009
05:38 PM ET

House passes measure expanding gun rights

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Gun rights advocates found an unlikely ally in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday as lawmakers passed a measure allowing concealed, loaded firearms to be carried in national parks.

The proposal passed 279-147, winning overwhelming Republican support and that of a significant number of more conservative rural and western Democrats.

The Senate voted 67-29 on Tuesday to attach an identical measure to a bill cracking down on credit card fees. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, was among 27 Democrats backing the measure.

Under the measure, any person with a state permit to carry a concealed weapon would be able to bring that weapon into parks and wildlife refuges unless a state law specifies otherwise.

The firearms language is now expected to be included in the final version of the credit card legislation, which lawmakers want to deliver to President Obama's desk by Memorial Day.

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  1. Chotard

    There should always be a law to carry fire arms. I agree with the bill. Well, by Monday morning , if I was president, I would take all that and cut it up and draw. To stay human and sane, just draw. Wait till Tuesday morning. IT is a holiday weekend.

    May 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  2. jag

    Has CNN lost it's marbles ????

    Read between the lines and call a SPADE A SPADE

    Why is Cheney so vocal in defending his and Bush's policies on torture ?

    Bush and Cheney broke the laws by allowing torture....which is a WAR CRIME.
    They are drumming up a rhetoric so that they would not be prosecuted for WAR CRIMES...WHICH THEY SHOULD BE

    May 22, 2009 at 1:46 am |