STOP THE MADNESS

STOP THE MADNESS

An affront to our city, our police force – and just basic decency – has snaked its way through one of what used to be the hallowed halls of the Legislative Branch.
On Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. This gem would force communities across the nation to permit individuals from other states to carry hidden and loaded handguns in public.
Yup. Read that again.
And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned us in October: This proposal is particularly dangerous to New York because the Empire State applies some of the most thorough background screenings on concealed carry permit applicants in the country.
The National Rifle Association couldn’t wait to ram this trash through Congress. They hardly paused for the smoke to clear from the Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre – in which retired accountant Stephen Paddock sprayed thousands of rounds on a crowd enjoying a country music concert, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500 – before lobbying members of Congress to pass this reprehensible bill.
“Just days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, the NRA is engaging their allies in Congress to push through a dangerous national concealed carry reciprocity law, which begs the question: how low can you go?” Schumer said two months ago. “If this law were to pass, someone with a gun permit from a state with low standards could legally carry a firearm in New York, even if their background would prevent them from legally obtaining a permit here. Some states already have concealed carry reciprocity and it has had deadly consequences. We must stop this madness and Congress must stand up to the bosses of the NRA and say ‘enough is enough.’”
Our senior senator pointed out that states such as North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Tennessee, Michigan and Georgia, to name just a handful, have gun permit standards that are not as safe as New York and geographies that are much more rural than urban. In some of these states, according to Schumer, concealed carry permits have been legally issued to convicted felons. And under the law being pushed by the NRA right now, those individuals would be allowed to legally carry a weapon in New York.
Schumer noted that the proposed legislation would create serious problems for law enforcement officers across New York and in the five boroughs, especially when it comes to verifying permits granted by other states, because there is no national database. It would make it much more difficult to distinguish a legal handgun from an illegal handgun, putting law enforcement at danger especially at traffic stops.
Many law enforcement organizations have decried the bill, including, the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the Police Foundation; the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators; and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, which counts the chiefs of police and sheriffs of the 66 largest law-enforcement agencies in the country amongst its members.
Schumer characterized the NRA as “callous and desperate” for pushing the bill.
Senators be warned: If you retain some level of decency and common sense, and you don’t want to be painted with that same “callous and desperate” brush, vote NO on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

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