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Sound Off: Carrying Concealed Weapons

Should a federal law require New York to accept other states' gun permits?

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would require states to honor permits issued by other states that allow people to carry concealed weapons. One of the leading opponents of the bill is Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-Garden City, whose husband, Dennis, was one of six people shot to death on a Long Island Rail Road train on Dec.7, 1993. 2nd District Rep. Steve Israel also voted against the bill, according to Open Congress.

What do you think about the National-Right-to-Carry-Reciprocity Act? Do you think we should allow more people to carry concealed weapons?

Editor's Note: This text has been corrected to reflect Rep. Israel's nay vote in House Roll Call #852, H R 822 To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a national standard in accordance with which nonresidents of a State may carry concealed firearms in the State. The original text incorrectly referenced his yay vote on House Roll Call #851, On a Motion to Recommit HR 822 with Instructions.

Andy Mon November 25, 2011 at 04:54 AM
Patch staff sure got this one wrong. Steve Israel definitely voted nay despite his pledge to uphold the Constitution. The Constitution doesn’t grant gun ownership as a privilege, it affirms it as a pre-existing right that cannot be taken away by the government. ALL of the LI congressional reps voted nay. Shame on them. See the correct link http://www.opencongress.org/vote/2011/h/852 to see the real votes.
Pat Giles November 25, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Gun ownership and the "right to bear arms" being a constitutional right is not so cut and dry. I am quoting here from a paper that discusses the "myth" of an individual's right. "If gun control laws are so obviously a violation of the Second Amendment, then why doesn't the National Rifle Association challenge them on constitutional grounds before the Supreme Court? The answer is that they know they face certain defeat, for reasons we shall explore below. Consequently, the NRA has abandoned all hope in the courts." Please see the rest of the link here: http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-secondamendment.htm The link goes on to cite several examples of the Supreme Court affirming the state's right to organize militia's, but stopping short of extending the right to individuals. I concede that the patchwork of laws must be frustrating to people like Walter above, who have legitimate reasons for carrying a handgun, have a permit, etc., but to Andy, it is not as constitutionally clear as you may think. Maybe a case will come before the court that will invalidate all gun control laws, but there is not currently a precedent for it.
Pat Giles November 25, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Sorry for a typo..."militias."
Jerry Hannon November 25, 2011 at 04:29 PM
The NRA and other "guns anywhere, anytime" supporters continue to distort the meaning of the Second Amendment, which is a predicated amendment with conditions established for the subsequent language to be applied. On the other hand, the Second Amendment does not prohibit liberal weapons carrying by private citizen, such as those in Florida, just as it does not require more conservative policies relating to weapons carrying, such as those in NY State. Therefore, it is up to each state to determine its own policies relative to firearms. Florida does not have to accept the standards applicable within NY State, and in similar fashion NY State does not have to accept Florida standards.
Douglas Garth November 25, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Tragically, Carolyn McCarthy's husband was not defended by a legal gun carrier on that train and may have been before the shooter got to him and others. Same for Gabby Gifford. Ironically, many against permitted gunholders, could have been saved by them. Bad guys will always get guns, legally or otherwise. The background checks necessary to obtain a permit puts holders of legal guns at about the same odds of misuse as the police we count on every day for protection.

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