On the first day of the new Congress, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act was introduced in the House, and in February a similar bill was introduced in the Senate. The legislation requires New York state and New York City to honor concealed-carry firearms permits issued in other states. This would be a dangerous and unwarranted interference with state and city laws, undermining public safety in some of America’s most celebrated neighborhoods and tourist attractions.
The legislation makes any permit to carry concealed weapons valid in New York City, regardless of where it was issued. This would supersede New York’s restrictive permitting policies. That’s a shame, because those policies have been a major contributor to the city’s historic reduction of gun crime in the past quarter-century, and many other states have extremely lax controls in place.