Through the now existing system, states are free to issue their own concealed carry permits and choose which other state's permits they want to recognize.
"This risky legislation would allow gun owners to bring their guns into Boston unchecked and concealed at a time when my officers are working tirelessly to keep guns and the damage and devastation they cause out of our city", Evans said in the statement.
"This bill ensures that all law-abiding citizens in our great country can protect themselves in the manner they see fit without accidentally running afoul of the law", Cox stated.
The bill passed 231 to 198.
"The House of Representatives passed a bill that would let nearly anyone carry loaded, concealed firearms nearly anywhere in the United States", said Giffords, who was shot in the head during a 2011 mass shooting.
"Even the most careful and knowledgeable concealed carry permit holders find it hard to navigate the current maze of state and local concealed carry laws", Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), author of the bill, said.
Under a bill that passed the US House of Representatives Wednesday, a person with a concealed-carry permit and a photo identification from one state would be able to have a gun hidden in their clothes in any other state that allows such permits.
The bill was also paired with an initiative to better report legal and mental health records to the background check system, an effort to win over Democrats. Two New Jersey Republican House members -Reps.
The House vote comes in the aftermath of a recent wave of deadly mass shootings across the nation. Lynn Jenkins, Roger Marshall and Kevin Yoder all voted for the measure, which has been a high priority for the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups.
In the Senate, Democrats have said the combination bill is a non-starter, and senior Republicans have said that pairing the bills could torpedo them both.
City officials are constantly working to combat gun trafficking by criminals who bring firearms purchased in states with loose gun laws. This bill requires a response to an appeal within 60 days.
Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords called the vote "unthinkable".
The bill now heads to the senate.