NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New gun legislation pending on Capitol Hill has some law enforcement authorities worried.

The proposed measure is about whether you can carry a loaded, concealed weapon across state lines, and it’s triggered an explosive political debate, especially in New York.

As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, in the fight over the right to bear arms, there’s a new battle to wear arms wherever you go.

Gun instructor Lauren Hartnett and other advocates said if you have a permit to carry a concealed weapon in one state, you should be able to travel to any other state loaded gun in tow.

“I am responsible for my own safety, and I don’t want to put that in anyone else’s hands,” Hartnett said.

Now, there are bills in congress pushing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

The bills would let anyone from states that allow carrying concealed guns to carry them from state to state, no questions asked.

Authorities in New York said, hold it right there.

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act threatens New York’s ability to protect itself,” Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance said.

Vance said the bill would make it impossible for the NYPD to tell the good guys from the bad, including terrorists.

“If the residents of Idaho want to have a state when you don’t need a permit to get a gun, I don’t think New York should tell Idaho how to manage its public safety, and I certainly don’t think the people of Idaho should tell New York City how to manage its public safety,” Vance said.

Others disagree.

“We don’t think the right to protect, to defend yourself should be an arbitrary jurisdiction,” Catherine Mortensen said.

Mortensen of the National Rifle Association said the authorities are punishing law-abiding citizens.

“More Americans than ever are carrying firearms for personal protection and the fact is they travel, and their lives should not be turned upside down, simply by traveling from one state to another,” Mortensen said.

Thirty-eight states require a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but twelve don’t, and that means no extra vetting.

“There’s no training, aside from the background check when you obtain your gun, there’s no additional check whatsoever,” Dr. Robert Spitzer, Cortland State University said.

The Manhattan DA said if the bill passes, some 2-million loaded guns could pour into the city every year.

“As a mother who has lost two kids to gun violence, I am absolutely, and they should be too, and you should be too, to be against this legislation,” Jackie Rowe Adams said.

Adams of the group, Harlem Mothers Save, fears the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act will lead to chaos on New York City’s streets.

Congressman Peter King opposes the bill and said right now it doesn’t have the votes.

“I doubt it would pass the house, but even if it did I don’t see any way it could pass the senate,” he said.

Advocates believe they can get the bill passed in the house, and hope to take action soon.

Advocates argued it’s gun laws that have gone too far, and insist the concealed carry bill will only deter crime.


Comments (10)
  1. ya don’t say! NY officials have been against the rights of americans for decades, unless you’re affluent or politically connected. In true orwellian fashion they believe that people are all equal except a few of their preferred people who are more equal than the others

  2. The nanny state at it’s best. Who cares what the law is, if I want to carry I’m going to carry, to bad to you Coumo

  3. Why is it the other amendments to our consitution are not scrutinized and infringed as is the 2nd amendment ? What would happen if the freedoms of religion ,assembly, the right to not self incriminate were infringed? All hell would break loose.

  4. Another anti-gun slanted article, with all the wrong facts.People like the NYC DA speaking from ignorance. If NYC PD spots someone with a gun, they will check for a CCW, if the person has one no problem, if not there could be a problem. CCW holders have no problem dealing with PD.

  5. What a remarkably misleading article. New York ALREADY ALLOWS concealed carry. As does EVERY other state. Additionally, if someone from another state were to carry in New York, they would be subject to all New York firearms laws, NOT the laws of their home state. Why do the liberals continue to blatantly lie about that? The process to obtain a concealed carry permit is FAR more complicated and requires FAR more training in my state than in New York. There is no issue with reciprocity. It is already working in nearly every state, with the exception, of course, of those few remaining states that are deeply blue. And of course, the crime rates are much lower that allow concealed carry. Apparently states like NY, NJ, CA, etc. WANT higher crime and murder rates.

    1. Jeff Stevens says:

      NY does allow concealed carry….just not in NYC unless you are one of the well connected. It says right on the back of all NY state Concealed carry licenses, ” not valid in NYC unless authorized by the Police commissioner” or something like that. Those of us with CCW licenses in NY can’t even carry in NYC.

  6. John Licitra says:

    Put a wall up around the city I and a lot of other who are law abiding could care less to visit NY city it should be their own state, and not part of upstate NY they who are making the laws have guns or body guards what are they afraid of votes. !!! If I could I would move from central NY because the gov and NY city are all about. Votes come upstate and enjoy the country not the concrete jungle on the tip of the southern tip of the bottom of ny

  7. None of the other states with less harsh gun laws than NY has ever had a problem with law abiding citizens carrying concealed firearms so there is no reason not to have concealed firearms carriers treated differently in NY. Marriage and driver’s licences are honored in all states and this is no different.

  8. Vincent Rose says:

    IF you are afraid that the NYPD wont be able to tell the good from the bad, then they have no business in law enforcement. Every other police agency across the nation doesnt have a problem telling the good from the bad, so why would the NYPD

  9. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act threatens New York’s ability to protect itself,” Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance said”

    Wonder what Vance would say if Alabama refused to recognize a NY marriage license issued to a gay couple

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