Schneiderman Writes Harry Reid On Gun Conceal Act

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today to urge the Senate to reject the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act.

Schneiderman, the first-year Democratic attorney general, said the act would force states to abandon their own gun laws by allowing out-of-state visitors to carry concealed firearms based on their home state’s gun laws. So for a state like New York with tough gun laws, out-of-staters wouldn’t be bound by them.

“The proposed legislation would strip New York and other states of the authority to determine who may carry a concealed, loaded weapon within their borders,” Schneiderman wrote. “In so doing, it would increase the threat of gun violence against New Yorkers, compromise the safety of our law enforcement officers and their ability to crack down on illegal firearms, and undermine the considered judgment of this State as to the public safety needs of its own citizens.”

Schneiderman cited studies that showed in 2009, more than 92 percent of the traced guns recovered in connection with crimes committed in New York City came from outside the state.

The measure would toss, for example, a New York law that prohibits concealed weapons for individuals convicted of serious criminal offenses.

Here’s Schneiderman’s letter:

October 19, 2011

Senator Harry Reid
Majority Leader
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: (202) 224-7327

Senator Mitch McConnell
Minority Leader
317 Russell Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: (202) 224-2499

Dear Majority Leader Reid and Leader McConnell:

I am writing to respectfully urge you and your caucuses to oppose the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act (S.Amdt. 1618 (111th) & H.R. 822 (112th)), which may be before the Senate in short order. This legislation would have a devastating effect on the ability of law enforcement in New York to combat the scourge of gun violence. Specifically, it would force nearly every state in the Union — including those, like New York, with reasonable restrictions on firearm ownership and transport, that are essential to public safety — to abandon its own gun laws by allowing out-of-state visitors to carry concealed firearms based on their home state’s less safe laws, rather than those of the state they are entering.

This would create a lowest common denominator approach to public safety that would increase the threat to New Yorkers, impede the ability of law enforcement to do its job, and undermine the will of our citizens as expressed through their duly elected state legislators. Stated simply, it would make the people of my State — where we have long-held standards intended to keep firearms out of the hands of those who should not have them — less safe.

Congress should be passing legislation to ensure that there are fewer potentially dangerous people on our streets with concealed, loaded handguns — not legislation, like the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which undermines state law enforcement efforts to combat gun-related violence. A 2010 study showed that nearly half of the guns that crossed state lines before being recovered in crimes came from just ten states, most with comparatively weak gun laws, indicating that weak gun laws in other states have already had an appreciable negative public safety impact on states like New York. Indeed, in 2009, more than 92% of the traced guns recovered in connection with crimes committed in New York City originally came from outside the State Unlike New York, which requires every applicant for a handgun license to submit to both a fingerprint-based criminal history background check and a review of his or her mental health records, many states require only one of these two critical background checks, and some require neither.

Forcing us to honor gun permits from other states will dramatically increase the threat posed by firearms in our State by restricting our ability to control who may and may not carry a concealed weapon in all or parts of the State, undermining the ability of police to verify the validity of gun permits (as no national database exists) and allowing gun traffickers to more easily bring illegal guns into the State.

New York has, through its elected representatives, made reasoned judgments about the ability of its citizens to carry concealed firearms based on its own assessment of the dangers posed by these weapons and the particular public safety needs of its residents. Similar public safety concerns form the basis of New York’s longstanding ban on assault weapons and its statutory requirement that background checks be conducted at all gun shows in the State. This legislation would strip New York and other states of the authority to determine who may carry a concealed, loaded weapon within their borders. In so doing, it would increase the threat of gun violence against New Yorkers, compromise the safety of our law enforcement officers and their ability to crack down on illegal firearms, and undermine the considered judgment of this State as to the public safety needs of its own citizens.

For all these reasons, I strongly urge you to oppose the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Eric T. Schneiderman
Attorney General
New York

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  1. I read the “Views” and “Resaoning” of the State of New York Attorney General; and I would like to Humbly Submit that “The Supreme Law of The Land The Constitution of The United States of America” was Framed in a Manner where The Rights of Men and Freedoms in Pursuits of Happiness cannot be altered! By none . . .
    It is not a matter of what or how Eric T. Schneiderman or Habib Hasan may personally like the “Guns Laws” to be . . . .What matters is to “Respect what The Constitution” Requires! –

    We are suppossed to be a Nation of Not the Executive Branch of Government Suprior to The Legislative Branch or Judicial Branch at all. If The Government engages overtaking the Seperation of Powers as envisioned and established by The Framers of The Constitution and we the inhabitants decided how should the Constitution will be that is not “Preserving” “Protecting” and “Defending” it! . . . . .We must comprehend that We the People Formed a Perfect Union and We must Stand-up to Keep it that way! –

    The Attorney General is a very good lawyer. His reputation for Justice is reflective in his making to the Office of The NYS Attorney General . . . but with what is traspiring around the globe and PARTICULALRY within Our Country; must We all understand that the Solutions to Our Problems lies in the Strict adherence to The Rule of Law [not politics] , The Constituion.

    And, I am sure that the Honarable Attorney General knows that as First hand as myself. The Gun Laws are not or should not be a “political preference” – “left ot right” but PURELY Constitutional . . . . .

    HABIBHASAN – An American Storyeller