The intention of concealed carry reciprocity is to allow people legally permitted to carry concealed weapons to do so throughout all states, akin to a driver's license. "Only the NRA could propose something so ill-considered, risky and vile".
Most members of the New York House delegation opposed the concealed carry bill, including two Republicans - U.S. Reps. Peter King, of Long Island, and Dan Donovan, of Staten Island, were the only GOP House members to vote against it.
The "concealed carry" bill is the first gun legislation in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people.
Under the broad strokes of the House-passed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, having a concealed-carry permit issued by one state makes it legal to carry in any state. "I encourage the Senate to act quickly to protect the rights of Montanans to carry concealed firearms", Gianforte said. Many rural states have lax concealed-carry requirements that do not require specific training or a clean criminal record. "Rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment do not end at the state line".
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It also addresses the modern issue of mass shootings by giving state and government agencies incentive to update the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) with the most current information.
"Establishing nationwide reciprocity will streamline regulations allowing permit holders to cross state lines without the worry of breaking the law", Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, said in a statement.
"This bill would undermine the hard work that dedicated activists, community organizations, and legislators like myself are doing locally to combat gun violence", wrote City Councilmember Jumaane Williams (D-45) in a statement condemning the decision.
Our senior senator pointed out that states such as North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Tennessee, Michigan and Georgia, to name just a handful, have gun permit standards that are not as safe as NY and geographies that are much more rural than urban.
The bill's sponsor, US Representative Richard Hudson, a North Carolina Republican, said: "For the millions of law-abiding citizens who lawfully carry concealed to protect themselves, for conservatives who want to strengthen our Second Amendment rights, and for the overwhelming majority of Americans who support concealed carry reciprocity, Christmas came early".