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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, if passed, would complicate active shooter situations in NYC, expert says


Legislation that would give concealed carry permit holders from other states the ability to walk the streets of New York City with a gun at their hip would cause major complications for the NYPD, according to a Second Amendment expert.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act was passed by the House of Representatives in December and is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate, but Congress would be “foolish” to approve it, said Saul Cornell, Fordham University’s Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History.

“Well of course it’s a terrible idea, because gun laws that make sense in Alaska won’t make sense in New York,” Cornell said on Wednesday.

The legislation essentially aims to make it easier for people with concealed carry permits to cross state lines with a handgun in tow by forcing states with strict gun laws, such as New York, to recognize permits from other states.

All 50 states currently have laws on the books that allow people to carry concealed weapons. The requirements to obtain a permit, however, vary by state. New York, for example, requires live fire training in order to obtain a permit.

“In some jurisdictions, you can get a concealed carry permit online without proving live fire training,” Cornell said.

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