Editor:

Thank you for drawing attention to the dangerous Concealed Carry Reciprocity (CCR) bill making its way through Congress. As you mentioned, the NRA has been pushing this legislation, which would gut New York’s strong gun laws. CCR would force our state to accept anyone who can carry a hidden, loaded gun in another state, even if that state has much weaker or no standards at all.

Indeed, 12 states don’t require a permit or background check, and still others allow domestic abusers or people convicted of violent misdemeanors to concealed carry. CCR faces stiff opposition from people who realize that it would make us less safe, that it would take away states’ rights to set their own laws for who can carry a hidden weapon, and that it would make the job of law enforcement harder. That’s why the NRA’s friends in Congress have now combined this radical legislation with a different bill, a bipartisan proposal to improve our national background check system. This is a cynical attempt to force unpopular and unsafe legislation through by hiding it inside a more popular bill. We must not allow the gun lobby’s extremist agenda to be snuck into law this way.

Call your representatives and tell them to vote no on this combined bill.

Michele Davis, Survivor Engagement Lead-Upstate NY, Everytown for Gun Safety, Gansevoort

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