Rep. Maloney, NY House Members, Law Enforcement, & Gun Safety Advocates Slam House Passage Of Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), members of the New York Congressional Delegation, gun safety advocates and OTHERS gathered on the steps of New York City Hall to condemn House passage of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (CCRA). This NRA supported legislation would force all states to recognize concealed carry weapon permits from other states, regardless of how lax those state permitting laws may be.
“If guns made us safe, we’d be the safest country in the world,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “Instead, we have a gun violence epidemic in this country and it is glaringly obvious to anyone paying attention that our pathetically weak federal gun safety laws need major improvements. That is why it is so tragic that House Republicans caved to the demands of the NRA and passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that will put more lives at risk rather than actually make our country safer. Under this bill, someone who couldn’t get a concealed carry permit in New York would be able to carry a concealed weapon in NYC with a permit from another state. New York has some of the most effective gun safety laws in the country, but this bill would eviscerate state laws intended to keep our residents safe from gun violence. The CCRA would put every American at the mercy of the weakest gun laws in the country, undermining states’ rights and endangering us all. It is despicable that the first action on guns that Congress took after the massacres in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs was to pass a bill that will enable more people to get more guns and erode current gun safety laws.”
“Republicans in Congress have failed to protect Americans and reduce the horror and heartbreak of gun violence. This NRA-approved bill is far from a responsible approach to prevent gun violence in our communities,”said Chairman Crowley. “Instead, it will undermine sensible state gun-safety laws by allowing dangerous and violent individuals to secretly carry powerful firearms like those used in the Orlando and Las Vegas mass shootings. American families want to feel safe and secure in our churches, our schools, our communities, and our homes. Democrats won’t rest until it becomes a reality.”
“This week House Republicans passed the NRA-backed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, weakening gun control laws and putting our communities at even greater risk,”said Congresswoman Clarke. “Democrats will continue to fight for urgent action on common-sense gun violence protection.”
“It is indefensible that the House has voted to pass legislation making it easier to carry loaded, concealed weapons across state lines in a move that would set back hard-won safety gains in many major U.S. cities, including New York,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act endangers the lives of law enforcement officers and citizens alike, turning routine interactions into potentially hazardous and unpredictable situations. I thank Rep. Maloney for her leadership on this issue and stand with our partners against this dangerous act.”
“I joined other District Attorneys from across the nation in Washington DC last week to urge our representatives to not pass this legislation," said Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark. "But they have, and in doing so, have taken a major step that will put so many lives at risk in New York City – both of residents and police officers. We are now imploring the Senate to please, please do the right thing and help us to protect our city.”
“This disastrous and foolish piece of legislation has the potential to reverse the historic gains in public safety that we’ve achieved in New York City,” said Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “In Brooklyn, we are about to finish this year with the lowest number of shootings since record keeping began by focusing on those who carry weapons in our streets or smuggle them from states with lax gun laws. It would be a cruel and sick irony if similar weak laws regarding concealed carry get imposed on our city by a federal decree. The CCRA makes no sense and must not become law.”
H.R. 38 severely undermines the ability of states to determine requirements for carrying a concealed firearm within their jurisdictions. Regardless of current state laws, CCRA would force every state to accept concealed carry weapons permits from other states, undermining states’ rights and putting citizens at risk. Under this legislation, individuals can get a concealed carry permit from states with the easiest requirements and bring that firearm into any other state in the country.