Lawmakers Blast House Passage Of Concealed Carry Bill

Sen. Frank Lautenberg

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ-9) blasted the House of Representatives for passing legislation that would allow gun owners to carry a concealed firearm across state lines, even if they weren’t issued a permit by the state they are visiting.

“This bill is an egregious threat to families, communities and law enforcement in New Jersey and all across the country. This bill is beyond the pale – even for the gun lobby,” Lautenberg said. “The House has voted to make it easier for dangerous and unstable individuals to carry concealed weapons. We need common sense gun laws that prevent violence, and I pledge to fight this bill in the Senate and urge President Obama to threaten a veto of this dangerous measure.”

“If the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act becomes law it will be an imminent and dangerous threat to New Jersey and our nation,” said Rothman. “This federal law would be a serious infringement on state’s rights, especially the State of New Jersey, by overriding the laws of our state with the laws of other states with more lenient gun policies. The gun laws of Alaska and Arizona have no place in the State of New Jersey and would endanger the lives of New Jerseyans.”

The House bill would allow anyone who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon in one state to carry a concealed weapon in other states, even if the individual would be ineligible for a permit in the state in which he or she is carrying

In 2009, Lautenberg led the fight in the Senate to defeat a similar amendment proposed by Senator John Thune (R-ND) that would have allowed people, including criminals and mentally ill individuals, to carry concealed weapons across state lines into states that otherwise would have prohibited that person from carrying a concealed weapon.

Last week, Lautenberg called on President Barack Obama to issue a veto threat of this legislation.

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