Zeldin: Guns OK in our schools?

As per  Bruce Colbath

Also read Comments by Sue Hornik below

From a post on FB, Rep. Zeldin was asked about H.R.38 during his “town hall” and side-stepped the question.

Just so everyone knows about this bill, which Rep. Zeldin co-sponsored on 1/3/17: Anyone who has a concealed carry gun permit from any state would be allowed to carry that conceal gun anywhere here on Long Island, including into a school.

That’s who represents us!

Summary: H.R.38 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Introduced in House (01/03/2017)
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms. A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence. Additionally, the bill allows a qualified individual to carry or possess a concealed handgun in a school zone and in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

Why is this a problem? As per EveryTown research:

  • Reciprocity would force states to let violent offenders and people with no firearm safety training carry hidden, loaded handguns—even if those people could not otherwise legally purchase a gun in the state.
  • The bill (cpo-sponsored by Zeldin) would even force states to allow concealed carry by many people with no permit whatsoever—allowing people who have never been screened by a background check to carry throughout the country.
  • The bill would override state laws on guns in bars and daycare centers, and would even roll back the federal law that requires a concealed carry permit to carry in K-12 schools.

Reciprocity would be an extraordinary encroachment on states’ rights.

 

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About D. Posnett MD

Emeritus Prof. of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College
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3 Responses to Zeldin: Guns OK in our schools?

  1. Sue Hornik says:

    Bruce is right! If the point of this law was to raise the bar nationally so all states had strong, uniform concealed carry regulations like NY and DE and people who passed those strong requirements and training would then be allowed to carry those weapons in other states, that would be one thing. 

    Instead, this law sinks everyone to the lowest standards – to states like FL – where George Zimmerman retained his permit after murdering Trayvon Martin and despite his long history of violence (wife and partner abuse). 

    This law has topped the NRA wish list for years and could greatly expand the number of poorly vetted, armed people in public places, which my group (States United to Prevent Gun Violence) opposes because loosening laws regarding who can carry guns in our public spaces endangers everyone’s safety. 

    As proposed, this bill will especially impact states that currently have tough criteria about who is permitted to conceal carry – NY, MA, CT, CA HI, MD, DE in particular. We especially oppose allowing guns in school zones and public parks, which this bill also does, and most observers have missed. 

    The law would allow anyone who can pass a federal background check and who has a concealed carry permit from any other state – even states with laughable criteria like Utah and FL – to carry a hidden gun in public. As we’ve seen repeatedly, the federal background check law is out of date, now covering only 60% of gun purchases—and Republicans have blocked every measure to update the definition of prohibited persons: They’ve even refused to consider laws banning people on the Terror Watch list from buying guns, and President Trump just ditched Obama’s action that banned people from buying guns who are so mentally incapacitated that their affairs have to be handled by someone else and they are on full disability.

    Both law enforcement and minority communities are strongly opposed to this bill. 

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