The House Passed a New Concealed Carry Bill That’s Causing a Stir
The House passed new legislation on Wednesday that would require all states to recognize concealed carry permits from other states. If it passes the Senate, the bill would allow individuals with state-issued concealed carry permits to carry their weapons legally into other states, overriding state attempts at gun control and essentially creating a national gun license.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed easily in the Republican-controlled chamber, 231-198. It was the first action taken on gun control under the Trump administration and comes in the wake of mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada and Sutherland Springs, Texas that left a combined 84 people dead.
Not surprisingly, the National Rifle Association hailed the vote as a major victory for Second Amendment Rights, while Senate Democrats plan to strongly oppose the bill, reports the New York Times.
The bill was part of a House GOP gun bill that also included a proposal popular with both Democrats and Republicans to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. That measure would create incentives for federal and state agencies to report criminal and mental health information to the NICS.
Pairing the two measures is seen by many as a not-so-slick maneuver to gain Democratic support for what would otherwise be a wildly unpopular piece of legislation.
“The concealed carry reciprocity is bad in a worse way than the fixing of the NICS system is a good thing,” said Mark Kelly, who is the husband of shooting survivor and former Representative Gabrielle Giffords. “They don’t cancel each other out.”
The legislation also includes a provision for the study of “bump stocks,” the device that turns semi-automatic firearms into rapid-fire weapons like the one used by the Las Vegas gunman.
A minimum of eight Democrats would need to support the package in the Senate for it to become law. With that support far from guaranteed, Republican senators appear to be in no rush to get the bill to the floor.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)