House passes legislation extending concealed carry privilege across state lines

House passes legislation extending concealed carry privilege across state lines

The bill now heads to the senate. "The House bill would not force states to change their own laws, but it would treat a concealed-carry permit like a driver's license, letting individuals allowed by one state to carry a concealed weapon with them into another state".

A House bill passed late Wednesday to expand the right to carry concealed weapons drew condemnation from New York Democrats, while upstate Republicans supported the measure.

The process for getting a concealed carry permit in NY is among the toughest in the nation. In 2013, Ms. Allen, a single mother of two, was arrested in New Jersey for unlawful possession of a weapon even though she was licensed to carry a concealed firearm in her home state of Pennsylvania.

"House Republicans just ignored opposition from law enforcement and the public in order to eviscerate state gun laws and make it easy for people with unsafe histories and no training to carry hidden, loaded guns across the country", said John Feinblatt, Everytown president.

However, the legislation only drew the support of six Democrats nationally, none of them from New Jersey.

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"I'm proud of Texas, our history of responsible gun ownership and our requirements for a license to carry that seek to protect the ones we love from abusers, violent offenders, and stalkers", he added.

With each tragedy, we lament the loopholes in our federal gun laws. "They're going to be a million people here in about three weeks, and that would be perfectly legal even if it was against NY state law". What's more, NY is one of only a handful of states that don't honor hide carry permits from any other states. Named for Michael Boeglin, a 31 year old owner-operator who was shot to death while waiting to pick up a load in Detroit in 2014, Mike's Law called for nationwide hide and carry reciprocity for truck drivers on the job. "Any measures that would contribute to the increase of firearms in NY could only jeopardize the level of safety that New Yorkers have benefited from through effective gun control".

"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.

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