December 6, 2017 |
Republicans pushed a bill through the House Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry licensed concealed weapons across state lines — and into cities like New York.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners with any state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons.
The bill, strongly backed by the National Rifle Association, now goes to the Senate, where the GOP holds a slight majority.
The move was blasted Wednesday by New York City law-enforcement authorities at a press conference in Times Square.
“New York City’s well-recognized success in the continued decrease in shootings and murder is in no small part a result of effective control of guns on our streets,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said. “Any measures that would contribute to the increase of firearms in New York could only jeopardize the level of safety that New Yorkers have benefited from through effective gun control. This proposed bill creates a real risk to public safety.”
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said the bill revealed “a shocking disregard for the lives of law-enforcement officers across the country” and those they are tasked to protect.
“By allowing people with dangerous histories and no training to carry loaded, concealed weapons across state lines, CCRA would impose weak gun laws on all 50 states,” he said.