New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement upon House passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:
“Today, the House voted to strip New York law enforcement of their right to enforce common sense policies that keep New Yorkers safe from the scourge of gun violence.
New York has some of the strongest gun laws in the country. This bill could return New York to the bad old days, by rolling back the protections that have reduced gun-related deaths in New York State to some of the lowest rates in the nation.
This lowest-common-denominator approach would undermine states’ basic responsibility to protect our communities – including by determining who may carry a concealed, loaded gun within our borders. It would risk the lives of our families and our law enforcement officers, while facilitating gun trafficking and promoting mass violence.
With each tragedy, we lament the loopholes in our federal gun laws. Today, the House just voted to create a huge new one.
I urge the Senate to reject this disastrous legislation.”
This fall, Attorney General Schneiderman led a coalition of 17 Attorneys General in opposing the legislation.