Faso votes to expand concealed carry rights across state lines

Posted December 09, 2017

Healey joined the Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association and other law enforcement agencies Thursday to release a statement saying "it would be tragic for this to become the next deadly loophole in our nation's gun laws".

The measure would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons.

Opponents of the bill said it would override state laws and increase crime. During the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on "Concealed Carry Reciprocity" last week, the committee chair found himself forced to admit that, yes, the bill would allow violent misdemeanants to carry concealed guns across the country.

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Faso voted for the bill. While the bill may toughen some federal reporting requirements on who is trying to purchase a firearm, it would not do very much more.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-Harding Township, who voted in favor of the bill, said, "Individuals with concealed-carry permits are law-abiding citizens with constitutional rights, not criminals".

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

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"I think if you have a permit, you should be able to take your gun wherever you want", said Dane Canelli, of Catskill.

Detractors say the bill tramples states' rights and that gun permits differ from drivers' licenses, which are generally uniform across the country. "Period", said Paredes, who added his organization would not support the Senate bill in its current form.

On the other end, Rep. Liz Cheney said, "Those traveling or living on the border of a state that does not recognize their home state's laws could have their gun rights stripped when they cross state lines". It may be that the only way to stop this spiraling madness is for reasonable people to mimic the single-issue zealotry of pro-gun voters.

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"The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act both threatens the safety of the men and women in law enforcement who proudly protect our communities everyday and directly undermines our efforts to combat gun violence", McMahon said. "Taking that authority away from those most qualified to make that determination is irresponsible and risky", he said. 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".