Vote Looms In Senate On Amendment Allowing Dangerous People To Carry Hidden Handguns Virtually Anywhere In The United States

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Vote Looms In Senate On Amendment Allowing Dangerous People To Carry Hidden Handguns Virtually Anywhere In The United States

WASHINGTON - Gun-toters from states like Georgia, Mississippi or South Dakota who
can get concealed gun permits with no training would be able to carry
their hidden guns legally in every state except Wisconsin and Illinois
if a measure now scheduled for a vote as an amendment to a Defense
authorization bill in the U.S. Senate on Monday, July 20 becomes law.

The amendment,
introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD), would allow the carrying of
loaded, concealed handguns outside a person’s home state, even by
persons legally barred from possessing guns in the state where the
carrying occurs.  It would effectively allow the concealed carry laws
of one state to nullify the restrictions on gun possession in other
states.

Some examples of the results of the legislation if passed:

  • Mississippi residents can get a concealed
    weapons permit without any training whatsoever, including ever shooting
    a pistol on a range. Those Mississippi permit holders could carry
    concealed firearms in New York City, where police have broad discretion
    to deny permits, or Dallas, Texas, where permit applicants must undergo
    at least 10 hours of training. 
  • Alaska residents who have committed
    repeated violent misdemeanors or have committed misdemeanor sex
    offenses against minors would be permitted to carry concealed guns in
    47 other states, even if those states completely ban gun possession by
    persons with violent or child sexual abuse misdemeanor convictions.

Multiple studies have shown that laws allowing the carrying of
concealed firearms have not reduced crime and, if anything, have
increased violent crime, including murder and robbery.  Numerous
examples of crimes and dangerous acts committed by concealed carry
licensees are at www.bradycenter.org/xshare/pdf/facts/ccw-crimes-misdeeds.pdf.

 

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