Collins, Cuomo At Odds Over Concealed Carry Bill

Bill would allow travel across states with legal concealed-carry permit

Richard Root
December 07, 2017 - 6:03 am
Chris Collins Andrew Cuomo

Washington, DC (WBEN) - The House of Representatives passed the "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act" yesterday, which would require every state to allow concealed-carry gun permit holders to transport their guns across state lines.

The general idea behind the bill was to stop people with legal concealed-carry gun permits from being arrested and prosecuted when they go from state to state.  It was passed in the House 231-198.

Naturally, the bill is the source of political division nationwide, primarily along party lines.

Congressman Chris Collins released a statement yesterday:

"Today the House passed legislation that that would make concealed-carry permits valid across state lines. This is a simple, common-sense bill that protects the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. I believe in the natural right to self-defense, just like our Founding Fathers, and today’s vote protects these freedoms. Varying state laws can confuse citizens who may unknowingly violate a law when traveling from state to state. This legislation treats a concealed-carry permit like a driver’s license, protecting the constitutional rights of all Americans."

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his own statement denouncing the bill:

"The appalling House vote for concealed carry reciprocity puts all New Yorkers at risk. This legislation would let individuals from out-of-state convicted of certain crimes carry hidden, loaded weapons in New York, in violation of New York's much better, safer law. Only the NRA could propose something so ill-considered, dangerous and vile.

"New York passed the strongest gun safety measures in the country, and instead of joining the fight against senseless gun violence, Washington is trying to make New York and the rest of the nation less safe."

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