This afternoon at approximately 5:50pm, the House of Representatives passed HR 822 – the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 – on a vote of 272 aye, 154 nay, and 7 not voting.
The ayes were comprised of 229 Republicans and 43 Democrats. Meanwhile the noes were comprised of 147 Democrats and 7 Republicans.
There was only one amendment adopted prior to passage and it was Amendment No. 10 proposed by Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA). This amendment would order the General Accounting Office to study “the ability of state and local law enforcement authorities to verify the validity of out-of-state concealed firearms permits.” It was adopted on a voice vote. All the other amendments were either withdrawn or failed.
The Republicans who voted no were Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL), Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Rep. Robert Turner (R-NY), and Rep. Robert Woodall (R-GA). Of these Republicans, Dold holds the suburban Chicago seat formerly held by anti-gunners Rahm Emanuel and Mark Kirk. Grimm, King, and Turner all represent districts either in or adjoining New York City so I think you can see the fine hand of Mayor Bloomberg at work there. Finally, I can’t explain Woodall’s vote other than a fit of pique at having his amendment defeated and I have no clue about Amash or Lungren.
The full list of the Ayes and Noes can be found here. If your Representative voted Aye, send them a note thanking them. If not, ask them why the heck not!
Now it is on to the Senate where it may or may not pass.