Frosh Calls Concealed Carry Bill A 'Public Safety Disaster' In Making

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2017

On Dec. 6 Breitbart News reported that Rep. Richard Hudson's (R-NC) national reciprocity legislation passed the House and was headed to the Senate.

Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said the bill "most assuredly puts the safety of all police officers and the public at risk.".

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.

Just months after the nation's deadliest mass shooting in Las Vegas, the House passed a bill that would expand gun rights.

"Congress continues to undermine effective and proven state gun laws that save lives, simply to placate their gun industry benefactors whose only concern is to increase gun violence, fear, gun sales and campaign contributions", he said. He also urged New Yorkers to Tweet their displeasure toward GOP lawmakers, although the list included Long Island's Pete King and Staten Island's Dan Donovan, two Republicans who voted against the measure. The bill is a top priority of the National Rifle Association.

If it ultimately passes, the bill is expected to be challenged on the idea that it is an illegal intrusion into state's rights.

"This vote marks a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights", Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, said online after the 231-198 vote. This bill will give law-abiding citizens the ability to protect themselves when traveling across state lines, a significant step forward in exercising our Second Amendment rights. "But today, I'm furious".

The National Rifle Association's (NRA) [advocacy website] executive director, Chris Cox [official profile] expressed jubilation [NPR report] at the passage of the bill stating that the bill would ensure that "all law-abiding citizens in our great country can protect themselves in the manner they see fit without accidentally running afoul of the law" while Elizabeth Esty [official profile] of CT, representing Newtown where where 20 first-graders and six teachers and staff were killed in a 2012 mass shooting incident, condemned [NPR report] it stating that bill would "hamstring law enforcement and allow risky criminals to walk around with hidden guns anywhere and at any time. I'm angry that when this country is begging for courage from our leaders, they are responding with cowardice".

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