Sen. Chuck Schumer is blasting a move by the NRA to advance legislation that would let people from all over the country carry concealed guns in New York.
The bill, know as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would let gun owners with concealed carry permits issued anywhere in the country legally carry their weapons in any state.
“Just days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, the NRA is engaging their allies in Congress to push through a dangerous national concealed carry law, which begs the question: how low can you go?” said Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Last week, the NRA offered rare support for a gun regulation, saying there should be tighter rules governing bump stocks, devices that allow semiautomatic weapons to fire more like fully automatic weapons. But in the same statement, the group pushed for the concealed carry bill.
“The National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” said NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox in a joint statement.
“We urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence,” they added.
Schumer expects pro-gun members of Congress to attempt to bring the bill up for a vote soon.
NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre (left) and Chris Cox.
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New York currently does not recognize any out of state concealed carry permits, but would be required to under the legislation.
It’s very difficult to get a permit in New York, but many states have lower standards — 19 states don’t require gun safety training to carry a concealed weapon, and 23 don’t prohibit people convicted of misdemeanor crimes of violence from carrying, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.
Law enforcement agencies also oppose the legislation, noting it can be difficult to verify the validity of out-of-state permits, and there is no national database.
“If this law were to pass, someone with a gun permit from a state with low standards could legally carry a firearm in New York, even if their background would prevent them from legally obtaining a permit here. Some states already have concealed carry reciprocity and it has had deadly consequences,” Schumer said.
“We must stop this madness and Congress must stand up to the bosses of the NRA and say ‘enough is enough.'”