AG Schneiderman Statement On Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

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The House approved a Republican bill on Wednesday making it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines.

Hudson has fought for hide and carry reciprocity for years and has argued that current gun laws are so confusing and patchwork that hide and carry holders could be breaking the law by accident.

Because this issue is so very important to millions of Americans, especially those who live in and visit states with harsh gun control laws like California, New Jersey, and NY, we look forward to working with our friends in the Senate to improve and pass the bill so that the right to bear arms will no longer stop at state borders or city lines.

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Boyle specifically said the bill would allow residents of one of the dozen states that allow permitless concealed carry to "walk right into a school zone with a loaded weapon, no matter what local laws say". But critics point out that different states have different reqirements for obtaining such licenses.

"There are 12 states that don't require permits for carrying guns".

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"This bill would undermine the hard work that dedicated activists, community organizations, and legislators like myself are doing locally to combat gun violence", wrote City Councilmember Jumaane Williams (D-45) in a statement condemning the decision. Its fate remains uncertain in the Senate, the Washington Post reported. "This proposed bill creates a real risk to public safety".

Gun control has long generated heated debate, and the controversies surrounding restrictions have only accelerated with the growing number of mass shootings across the country. "Taking that authority away from those most qualified to make that determination is irresponsible and unsafe", he said.

It also addresses the modern issue of mass shootings by giving state and government agencies incentive to update the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) with the most current information.

The vote was largely along party lines with Democrats blasting and Republicans supporting the measure. Most Republicans and six Democrats supported the bill.

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", said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. The bill, which is endorsed by the National Rifle Association, prioritizes the Constitutional Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. New Jersey is one of just 10 states that do not already recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits, which only reinforces the fact that New Jersey remains one of the leaders in understanding the value of tight gun controls.

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