Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance:Defending Strong Gun Laws

Dear Friends,

Across the country, strong gun laws are under attack. Legislation is currently pending in the U.S. House and Senate that would require every state – including New York – to let people from states with weak gun laws carry concealed firearms while they are visiting. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (CCRA) would make any permit to carry concealed weapons valid everywhere, regardless of where that permit was issued. In twelve states, you don’t even have to have a permit or any training to carry a concealed weapon. Residents of those states would be free to bring concealed weapons to any city or state they may choose.

We will fight the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act in the halls of Congress, and if necessary we will fight it in the courts.

Last week, I was joined by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and law enforcement leaders from across the country following the conclusion of the fifth national summit of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, the nonpartisan coalition I co-founded. We gathered prosecutors, police, and lawmakers from red states and blue states, jurisdictions large and small, to speak out against the CCRA. Representatives from Michigan, Alabama, Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, Tennessee, and Illinois, all joined us at the press conference, which you can watch here.

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