Friday, 23 February, 2018

Here's how NY House members voted on concealed carry reciprocity

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Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 22:01

In a tweet sent last night, Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted the measure, saying that it would allow people convicted of violent misdemeanors out-of-state to carry hidden weapons into NY.

In theory, the bill would allow someone who holds a permit from a state with lax restrictions to carry a concealed firearm in a state where they would not otherwise qualify for a permit. He called the bill the "culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves, and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines".

H.R. 38 passed the House Wednesday on a vote of 231-198.

Since a change in IL law in 2013, all states allow some form of concealed carry - although some have strict requirements to obtain a permit.

Although permits are not required in Kansas, the state does issue some concealed-carry permits for bodyguards and others who now must take guns across state lines, or who want proof of their qualifications for business purposes.

The House vote comes in the aftermath of a recent wave of deadly mass shootings across the nation.

In the Senate, Democrats have said the combination bill is a non-starter, and senior Republicans have said that pairing the bills could torpedo them both.

The bill was linked with legislation to improve the national background check system for gun purchases, a measure that has rare bipartisan consensus. Mikie Sherrill, the most successful fundraiser now facing Frelinghuysen, quickly issued a statement opposing his vote on the bill.

"Individuals with concealed carry permits are law-abiding citizens with Constitutional rights, not criminals", Frelinghuysen said in a statement.

The bill would allow persons who are eligible to carry a concealed weapon in their home state do so in any state that allows concealed carry by private individuals. "It is shameful that in a year with two of the worst mass shootings on record, the only response from Congress is eroding sensible gun laws".

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords called the vote "unthinkable".

The bill now goes to the Senate [official website], where proponents of the bill will need approximately 60 votes to overcome a potential filibuster by the opponents.