Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

DA McMahon speaks out against concealed-carry legislation

DA McMahon speaks out against concealed-carry legislation

"We are disappointed in the House for passing this reckless legislation and we urge the Senate to respect state laws, to protect the safety of our communities, and to reject this bill", Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement.

"If passed, this bill would reduce safety to the lowest common denominator", Frosh said.

And while we strongly oppose recent additions that give "extra-special gun rights" to Federal judges and other government workers which are not available to law-abiding citizens, we will continue to work towards passage of a strong carry reciprocity framework as well as communicate our concerns and suggestions for reasonable, commonsense amendments to better protect law-abiding people. "This bill, will allow a law-abiding citizen to carry concealed gun only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm". Leonard Lance (R-7) and Chris Smith (R-4)- voted no on the legislation, the first gun-related bill to be put up for a House vote since the deadly October mass shooting in Las Vegas. It would risk the lives of our families and our law enforcement officers, while facilitating gun trafficking and promoting mass violence. "Taking that authority away from those most qualified to make that determination is irresponsible and risky", he said. "I support concealed carry laws and was the sponsor of Tennessee's when I was in the state senate, but I think state laws that are more restrictive should be respected". Lynn Jenkins, Roger Marshall and Kevin Yoder all voted for the measure, which has been a high priority for the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups. House Democrats accused Republicans of "trickery" and "sabotage" in tying the two bills together.

"This vote marks a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights", Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, said online after the 231-198 vote. Six Democrats voted yes, while 14 Republicans voted no.

In a statement Thursday, he said the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act preempts "common-sense gun laws". "I'm angry that when this country is begging for courage from our leaders, they are responding with cowardice".

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