New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Calls on Senators Schumer and Gillibrand
NEW YORK, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- New Yorkers Against Gun Violence blasted the U.S. Senate for considering the gun lobby's deadly legislation which would force communities across the nation to permit untrained and dangerous individuals from other states to carry hidden and loaded handguns in public. NYAGV said that it is imperative for the safety of all New Yorkers that Senators Schumer and Gillibrand strongly oppose the gun lobby's extremist agenda by opposing this dangerous amendment and filibustering the amendment if necessary.
Amendment No. 1618 has now been added to the defense authorization bill (S. 1390) by Senator John Thune (R-SD) and the Senate will vote on it on Monday evening, July 20. Amendment No. 1618 would create a national system for the carrying of concealed handguns, commonly referred to as CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) licenses. The amendment would allow individuals with state-issued CCW licenses to carry their handguns in any state that issues concealed handgun licenses today the vast majority of states.
The Thune Amendment is particularly dangerous to New York which has some of the most stringent restrictions on concealed carry permit holders. But many states have weak laws and issue individuals permits after only a simple computerized background check through a database that is missing millions of disqualifying criminal and mental health records. That means New York would be swamped with armed individuals from out of state carrying hidden and loaded firearms that would risk the safety of residents, families and law enforcement officials.
"We urge Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to issue a clear statement to their constituents and colleagues that 'Enough is Enough' by voting NO on this amendment and filibustering it if necessary. This dangerous legislation contains provisions that eviscerate New York's ability to properly protect its citizens and puts children, families and law enforcement at grave risk from encounters with armed individuals from out of state who carry deadly firearms in public," said Jackie Hilly, Executive Director of NYAGV. "New Yorkers were horrified when the gun lobby enacted an amendment to the credit card reform legislation and permitted the carrying of concealed weapons in our National Parks. This amendment is a completely unrelated and radical gun lobby amendment, and it must be stopped for the sake of the country's public safety."
"New York State desperately needs leaders to enact measures to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in America and stop gun trafficking not spending time appeasing the gun lobby's extremist agenda," said Barbara Hohlt, Executive Director of States United to Prevent Gun Violence.