Here's how NY House members voted on concealed carry reciprocity
Here's how NY House members voted on concealed carry reciprocity
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08 December, 2017, 01:35
This lowest-common-denominator approach would undermine states' basic responsibility to protect our communities - including by determining who may carry a concealed, loaded gun within our borders. They hardly paused for the smoke to clear from the October 1 Las Vegas massacre - in which retired accountant Stephen Paddock sprayed thousands of rounds on a crowd enjoying a country music concert, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500 - before lobbying members of Congress to pass this reprehensible bill.
The House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday that authorizes gun owners who possess hide and carry permits to travel with their weapons to other jurisdictions that issue such permits. "I support concealed carry laws and was the sponsor of Tennessee's when I was in the state senate, but I think state laws that are more restrictive should be respected".
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The legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate. We wouldn't recommend holding your breathe in hopes of a quick ruling, however.
Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.
But the law makes an exception for people who hold a concealed carry permit from the state in which the school zone is located, according to David Kopel, a policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute.
Under the broad strokes of the House-passed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, having a concealed-carry permit issued by one state makes it legal to carry in any state.
Supporters of the bill have argued that the patchwork of existing laws, varying from state to state, can create confusion for lawful gun owners and turn them into criminals by simply crossing state lines. This country has the highest rate of gun ownership in the developed world.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would also yield to any future laws passed by the minority of states that now generally allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry in schools, Kopel said.
In a tweet sent last night, Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted the measure, saying that it would allow people convicted of violent misdemeanors out-of-state to carry hidden weapons into NY. Named for Michael Boeglin, a 31 year old owner-operator who was shot to death while waiting to pick up a load in Detroit in 2014, Mike's Law called for nationwide hide and carry reciprocity for truck drivers on the job.
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