West Bend, WI –-(Ammoland.com)- The United States Concealed Carry Association has responded to an effort led by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to stop The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) in the House and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in the Senate. At its annual meeting this week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted a broad resolution attacking this common-sense legislation and stating that the “goals of this legislation are completely antithetical to all of the efforts to reduce and prevent gun violence….”
Remarkably, this comes just days after the recent shooting of Republican Members of Congress in Virginia, where the lack of concealed carry reciprocity in the District of Columbia prevented any of them from traveling to Virginia with a firearm. It was only because of the heroism and quick-thinking of two Capitol Police officers and arriving Alexandria police that many lives where not lost.
“This effort by liberal big city Mayors is completely tone-deaf in both its goals and its reasoning. While many of them, including Mayors De Blasio and Emmanuel, travel around with armed security guards, they want regular law-abiding citizens to go unprotected,” said Tim Schmidt, Founder and President of The United States Concealed Carry Association. “It is time for there to be national reciprocity for concealed carry permits, instead of the patchwork of laws governing reciprocity that vary by state. Virginia, where the shooting happened, has reciprocity for some states’ concealed carry permits, but if Members would have brought their guns back and forth from D.C., they would have been breaking the law. It should never be a crime to be responsibly prepared to defend yourself in any possible situation.”
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Congressman Richard Hudson (D-NC) have introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow legal gun owners and concealed carry permit holders nationwide to responsibly arm themselves no matter where they are. Responsible gun owners take self-defense seriously, and these individuals have already proven that they are willing to comply with the law, by fulfilling all of the requirements associated with getting a concealed carry permit. Criminals, by definition, have no regard for laws or permits or gun free zones, and by allowing safe, responsible citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights, our communities could be much safer.
About the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) provides education, training and self-defense insurance to responsible, American gun owners. Headquartered in West Bend, WI, the USCCA is the largest and fastest-growing, member-owned, private association whose sole focus is the responsibly armed American.