Opposition mounting to national concealed carry reciprocity

Senator Richard Blumenthal. (FILE- WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Gun control advocates say as we approach the fifth anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook, that Congress is moving toward rolling back gun safety laws.

The House has combined what Connecticut Senators Blumenthal and Murphy say is a good idea with a bad idea.

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We reported last month that Senators Blumenthal and Murphy had co-sponsored with some Republicans; a plan to tighten up the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. But the House combined that with a proposal to allow national reciprocity for carrying a concealed weapon.

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The Republican author of the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity” bill,  Representative Richard Hudson of North Carolina, calls it a  “win for freedom” adding that there are 15 million gun permit holders in the country who risk arrest if they cross a state line.  38 states, including, Connecticut, require a state issued permit.  12 states do not.

“Somebody from Vermont, for example, which has no requirement for a permit, could come into our convention center or sports stadium and carry a concealed weapon,” says Sen.Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn). Surrounded by police chiefs, gun control advocates, and domestic violence prevention advocates, Senator Blumenthal is leading the effort to get the U.S. Senate to kill this bill.

“Our campaign right now is getting police chiefs to sign on to the letters to send to congressmen we think that law enforcement is the key to helping get this done,” said Ron Pinciaro the Executive Director of “Connecticut Against Gun Violence.”

East Hartford Police Chief Scott Sansom saying, “Connecticut leading the way that has spent a lot of time  and energy and research into bringing our laws in the  twenty-first century. This does the opposite.”

The head of Connecticut’s largest gun owner rights organization says “The point of National Reciprocity is to allow law abiding citizens who have passed background checks and have already been issued carry permits,to have the ability to carry firearms across state lines, the same way that drivers licenses work.”

There is some dispute about whether Senator Blumenthal’s Vermont example is accurate because advocates say you would have to have a permit from somewhere. In addition the police chiefs from East Hartford and Bridgeport, The Chief in Westport has signed the letter opposing this bill.


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