"Opponents of this bill will argue that this legislation will enable unsafe people to obtain firearms". This bill could return New York to the bad old days, by rolling back the protections that have reduced gun-related deaths in New York State to some of the lowest rates in the nation.
A measure known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, would require states to recognize concealed gun carry permits from other states.
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. Leonard Lance (R-7) and Chris Smith (R-4)- voted no on the legislation, the first gun-related bill to be put up for a House vote since the deadly October mass shooting in Las Vegas.
"Nobody knows better than local law enforcement officers who should or shouldn't be permitted to carry a gun in their neighborhood". In Massachusetts, the decision to issue gun licenses is made by local police departments.
"Congress continues to undermine effective and proven state gun laws that save lives, simply to placate their gun industry benefactors whose only concern is to increase gun violence, fear, gun sales and campaign contributions", he said.
The House approved the bill, 231-198, largely along party lines. But advocates for changing the law say that it eliminates criminal penalties for law-abiding citizens who travel out of state and are unaware that concealed carry permits do not transfer across state lines.
Congressman Jim Banks released the following statement after voting for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act: "Protecting the constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights of Hoosiers is one of my top legislative priorities". I'm angry that with shootings on the rise, the response from politicians is to sell out to the gun lobby and weaken our public safety laws.
She said this even though it is a fact that concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding of law-abiding Americans. "I'm angry that when this country is begging for courage from our leaders, they are responding with cowardice".