To the Editor:
Concealed carry reciprocity (CCR), the gun lobby’s top priority legislation, would weaken state gun laws and override the standards that states have set for who can carry hidden, loaded guns in public.
Right now, each state has different standards for who can carry a concealed gun in public. CCR would force each state to accept the concealed carry standards of every other state, even states that have weak standards or no standards at all.
Twelve states (like Arizona and Idaho) don’t require a permit or background check, while other states allow domestic abusers or people convicted of violent misdemeanors to concealed carry.
On the other hand, the Fix NICS Act is a bipartisan proposal to improve the federal background check system. It would give incentives to federal agencies and states to improve their reporting of records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and hold them accountable if they don’t.
In the wake of the mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nev., members of Congress finally came together to draft this bipartisan bill that won support from both political parties in both chambers of Congress.
But in order to push CCR, House Republicans have hijacked the Fix NICS Act and are attaching CCR to it. Anyone who votes to combine these bills will be sacrificing actual progress toward public safety in order to undermine state gun laws across the country.
Concealed carry reciprocity is a poison pill, and adding it to the Fix NICS Act imperils the best chance we’ve had in years of passing common sense gun safety legislation.
Gabby Giffords is correct: enough is enough. Congress needs to support common sense gun laws now and make sure Concealed Carry Reciprocity does not become the law of the land.
— Judi Morrow, Glenside