HR 986–National Concealed Carry Reciprocity— could soon pass in the House, with 215 co-sponsors. This dangerous bill would require New York and other strong gun law states to recognize the concealed carry permits of gun owners from all other states–no matter how weak their gun laws.
So if HR 986 is passed, a visitor from Texas would be allowed to carry his gun into a place like Times Square, Grand Central Station, or the corner bar. Even dangerous individuals with criminal records or histories of violence would be allowed to freely carry their weapons into our state. Federally mandated concealed carry would preempt New York’s strong gun laws and endanger the safety of the public, and even more so, law enforcement.
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More about concealed carry reciprocity:
- Concealed handgun licenses are not like drivers’ licenses. Drivers’ licenses ensure a uniform standard of knowledge across the country. However, CHL training requirements can differ widely from state to state.
- Reciprocity would pose serious challenges to law enforcement. Law enforcement would be confronting travelers with concealed weapons and be further challenged by trying to verify if out-of-state individuals are legally allowed to carry those weapons.
- Not granting reciprocity is well within the scope the the Second Amendment. As stated in McDonald: “It is important to keep in mind that Heller, while striking down a law that prohibited the possession of handguns in the home, recognized that the right to keep and bear arms is not ‘a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.’”
- Having a concealed carry license does not mean that a person has been adequately trained on using the weapon.
- According the a Violence Policy Center report, concealed handgun license holders are responsible for at least 873 deaths not involving self defense since 2007, including 29 mass shootings that killed 139 people.