Connecticut Sen. Blumenthal speaks out against concealed carry legislation


"Concealed Carry Reciprocity" would gut our gun laws because it would force each state to accept the concealed carry standards of every other state - even states that have weaker standards, or worse, no standards at all.

And crucially, the bill now on its way to the U.S. Senate would enable Californians to apply for permits from other states such as Florida and Utah with looser requirements-states that don't require applicants to be residents of that state, and allow the entire application process to happen online. "I don't think that right should be undermined simply because I travel to another state".

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would essentially allow anyone with a permit to carry hidden weapons into any state, including those like NY and California, and the USA capital Washington, DC, which have some of the toughest restrictions on carrying loaded guns in public.

Kansas doesn't require a permit to carry concealed, so other states' permit standards wouldn't apply to Kansans traveling there. Citizens must also carry a valid government-issued photo ID, and be lawfully licensed or otherwise entitled to carry a concealed handgun.

Guns can not be carried in New Jersey. In some of these states, according to Schumer, concealed carry permits have been legally issued to convicted felons. However, the legislation only drew the support of six Democrats nationally, none of them from New Jersey. Each person would have to follow the laws of the state, county and municipality in which they are carrying concealed. Essentially, what the bill does is allow concealed carry permits to be treated like driver's licenses so that they are universal across all states.

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"In collaboration with local law enforcement, we have managed to meaningfully reduce shootings in NY, making it the safest large city in the United States", Williams continued. "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 opponents said it would trample on laws in some states with tighter restrictions on carrying loaded guns in public, such as NY and California. Unfortunately for MA, whose citizens have already made their preferences on gun regulation known loudly and clearly, those whose votes can make a difference reside in other states. "I just think if you get a gun in another state, you should not be able to carry into another state that does not recognize it".

Advocates on both sides of the issue agree that should concealed-carry reciprocity become law, it will likely end up in federal court.

But 24 state attorneys general disagreed.