Larson Condemns Concealed Carry Vote
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House voted on HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, a bill that infringes upon the rights of states like Connecticut, by requiring them to honor other states’ concealed-permits – including the 12 states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) condemned the vote and released the following statement:
“It is despicable that despite opposition by national law enforcement organizations, the House GOP is bringing up a bill that would undermine the common sense gun violence prevention laws enacted by states like Connecticut while refusing to bring universal background check legislation for a vote. This is a dangerous bill that would override states’ gun laws. What happened to the sanctity of states’ rights that my Republican colleagues adamantly profess?
“We are only days away from the five year commemoration of the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, and within the last few months we have witnessed two of the nation’s worst mass shootings ever recorded. 92 percent of gun owners, those who are proud NRA members, support the bipartisan King-Thompson legislation on universal background checks. By refusing to bring this bill up for a vote, Congress remains complicit in these tragedies. It's time for Congress to act on common sense legislation.”
Currently, 12 states do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm. This legislation would impede on the remaining 38 states’ rights and allow individuals with out-of-state residency to carry a concealed firearm within their boundaries. These individuals may have never passed a background check nor received training to legally carry a concealed firearm. For instance, although domestic abusers are unable to purchase a firearm in Connecticut, this bill would allow an out-of-state individual with the same conviction to legally carry a concealed weapon in our state. This puts local law enforcement in unnecessary danger, leaving them to guess who the bad guy with a gun is, to who the good guy with a gun is.