Monday, April 15, 2013

Charles Schumer: Gun-control deal means NY could be 'swamped' by out-of-staters with concealed arms

New York would be forced to honor concealed-weapons permits from the other 49 states under proposals advanced in the Senate by allies of the National Rifle Association as part of a broader gun control deal, Sen. Charles Schumer warned Sunday.

In a release issued Sunday, Schumer (D-N.Y.) said New York, which requires stringent screenings of concealed-carry applicants, could be "swamped by armed individuals from out of state carrying hidden and loaded firearms."

But Rockland County Legis. Frank Sparaco (R-Valley Cottage), a critic of parts of New York's SAFE Act gun control law, applauded the reciprocal carry proposal as a "wonderful idea" akin to the agreement under which licenses let motorists drive in any state. He maintained that the right to bear arms is protected absolutely under the Second Amendment.

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