National Right to Carry

Ten AGs Led by Schneiderman Oppose National Right to Carry Reciprocity

by Long Island Exchange  |  published on December 1, 2012

On November 30, 2012 ten attorneys general led by NY AG Schneiderman sent a letter to the United States Senate objecting to the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity (S. 2188 and S. 2213) bills supported by the NRA in Congress. National Concealed Carry Reciprocity would require a state to accept the concealed carry permits and gun carrying visitors from every other state. This makes the weakest concealed carry law, the law of the land. In doing so, the proposed legislation would trample on states’ rights by overriding states’ legislative and regulatory authority to determine who can – and who cannot – carry hidden and loaded guns in public. Currently each state can establish it own rules for who can carry and what type of training they should have. Under federal law, states also determine if they want to have reciprocity with other states. Many states limit reciprocity to states with standards similar to theirs. Many states such as New York do not have reciprocity with any other states.

Jackie Hilly, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, said, “New York requires mental health screening to get a concealed carry permit, and bars felons and people with violent misdemeanor convictions from getting permits, but many states lack such common sense restrictions. The attorneys general are right to oppose any effort that would allow violent criminals or mentally unbalanced individuals to legally carry concealed guns in New York.”

The threat to police posed by national reciprocity is also a grave concern. Millions of additional guns travelling across state lines would pose deadly risks to the safety of the police as well as the public. Large scale transport of loaded concealed guns presents a golden opportunity to gun traffickers and an impossible task for our overburdened police departments. Police would be required to promptly verify out-of-state permits-but would be unable to do so. There is no comprehensive national database, standards or inquiry system of carry permits to alert the police when a permit is counterfeit, expired, or has recently been revoked. Some permits are mere paper which can be easily counterfeited. That is why major law enforcement agencies including national, statewide and local police and prosecutors oppose National Concealed Carry laws.

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