“Of all the political and cultural issues that divide red states from blue ones, none is more volatile than guns and who can carry them,” CBS’ Steve Kroft said last night on “60 Minutes.”
What’s happening: “[A] piece of legislation quietly churning its way through Congress [the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act] may [make] gun permits more like driver’s licenses, transportable across state lines.” If you are allowed to carry a concealed weapon in your home state, you would be allowed to carry it in all of them.
Every year, New York takes in nearly 50 million visitors from all over the country into a congested, sometimes chaotic city. Even if a tiny fraction were legally carrying concealed weapons, it would mean hundreds of thousands of additional guns for what is right now the safest big city in America.
This is the handgun counter at Van’s Sporting Goods outside Jackson, Mississippi, a state with the fourth highest gun fatality rate in the country and some of the weakest gun laws. Pretty much anyone 18 years of age and not a convicted felon can carry one of these concealed weapons here in their pocket, their pants or their purse for self-defense against muggers, carjackers and other assailants.
If the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act becomes law, they’ll be able to carry them legally across state lines and onto the streets of any city in America.