On the eve of the vote, one Democratic lawmaker warned the expansion of concealed-carry rights would prevent states from keeping guns away from schools. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. "This bill is a nightmare".
State gun laws vary across the United States; some states issue permits to convicted felons through loopholes in background check laws, convicted violent misdemeanants, people wanted on warrants, and those subject to orders of protection. It turns out his read on the bill is misleading.
Through the now existing system, states are free to issue their own concealed carry permits and choose which other state's permits they want to recognize.
Traditionally, states have decided for themselves whether to honor out-of-state permits, a legal concept known as "reciprocity". In New York, a concealed-carry license can be applied for in the county where the applicant lives based on stringent criteria, but the state does not recognize licenses from other states.
Guns can not be carried in New Jersey. A driver's license works in every state, so it's common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state.
So under the Gun-Free School Zones Act, a permit issued by State A would allow you to legally carry in a school zone located in State A, but not a school zone in State B, Kopel said.
But let's also not miss the larger context: two of the five deadliest mass shootings in modern American history have occurred since October. "The Congressman voted to make the job of our law enforcement agencies more hard and to allow untrained and potentially unsafe individuals to carry concealed weapons in New Jersey". But his claim was about state and local laws.
"Under this bill, one could purchase multiple handguns in any state where one lived or had a residency", said Manhattan DA Cy Vance.
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 NY and geographies that are much more rural than urban.
With each tragedy, we lament the loopholes in our federal gun laws.
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. The differences in those places justify differences in their gun laws.
And while we strongly oppose recent additions that give "extra-special gun rights" to Federal judges and other government workers which are not available to law-abiding citizens, we will continue to work towards passage of a strong carry reciprocity framework as well as communicate our concerns and suggestions for reasonable, commonsense amendments to better protect law-abiding people. MA has some of the nation's strictest gun laws.