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City Council to State Congressional Delegation: Vote No on Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Nov 1, 2017

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Rochester City Councilmembers have issued a formal proclamation opposing legislation in Congress that would seek to establish Concealed Carry Reciprocity.

Councilmember Molly Clifford said the law would give states less control over guns.

"Right now in New York State only people who have permits to carry weapons can carry weapons in New York. This federal law would essentially make it okay for anyone with a permit issued in any state to carry in New York as well."

Clifford said some other states are much more lenient with gun permits, some with no background checks at all, and councilmembers don’t want those guns crossing state lines.

She said since many states vary on what must be done in order to acquire a gun, this should not be passed.

"We certainly support legal gun ownership, but we think that it is important to take whatever steps we can to make sure that we have common sense gun regulations here in New York."

Clifford and the rest of Rochester City Council sent letters to Rochester federal delegation including Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Louise Slaughter.

The NRA says reciprocity is necessary so “law-abiding Americans can defend themselves and their families against acts of violence.”