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Upstate Congressmembers, the Concealed Carry Act and the NRA

A group of upstate members of Congress are co-sponsoring H.R.38 – the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which negates state and local gun control laws. New York City has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, which make it a mostly gun-free city. Currently here is no open carry in NYC and the NYPD charges non-residents who carry their firearms with felony possession. H.R.38 would reverse that and it would specifically allow gun owners to carry their guns in school zones. Not surprisingly, all of the upstate representatives who are co-sponsoring this law have also taken campaign donations from the NRA.

Here’s a summary from Congress.gov:

This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

Research by @watchyourReps and @watchyourRepsNY.