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Editor:

Rep. Elise Stefanik is a co-sponsor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act which allows someone with a concealed carry permit issued in their state to carry such weapons across state lines regardless of stricter requirements in other states. The shooter in the New Mexico High School killings on Dec. 7, 2017 legally obtained his 9mm Glock handgun (New Mexico is a so-called “shall-issue” state) and had no criminal or mental health record. He was another in a long line of disgruntled young men (he reportedly said “life sucks”) who have committed mass shootings. The Violence Policy Center has documented 29 mass shootings since 2007 where the perpetrator was a licensed concealed carry permit holder. Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health, as well as recent research by the National Bureau of Economic Research (June 12, 2017 published paper), have found significantly higher violent crime rates in “shall-issue” states compared to “may-issue” states like New York, where the process to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon is discretionary. The 2015 CDC statistics on firearm mortality showed New York as the third-safest state (4.2 deaths per 100,000 population) while “shall-issue” states are much more unsafe (New Mexico had 18.6 deaths per 100,000 population, for example).

Stefanik's proud legislative accomplishment would, for example, let a 17-year-old walk around our cities with a concealed loaded handgun. And there's nothing law enforcement could do about it, thanks to Stefanik.

Richard Hoffman, Easton

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