A proposed federal bill that would let anyone with an open carry license bring their weapon into New York City, including into currently banned places like schools and bars,would significantly endanger residents, says police leaders and prosecutors, reports DNAInfo.com. New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance stood alongside a dozen officials to urge federal legislators to vote against the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, pending in both the House and Senate.
“If this bill is passed it it going to make our city less safe,” Vance said. “What that bill intends to do is shocking, it is dangerous, and anybody who works or lives, or has family who works and lives in this city, ought to sit up, pay attention.” The legislation would allow residents from states with less stringent background checks and prohibitions on gun license recipients legally transport their loaded firearms into the city, officials warned. The bill would override New York state bans on where guns are allowed including bars and schools. The legislation is likely to pass in the House but has the potential to be defeated in the Senate. The National Rifle Association has said the bill would help law abiding gun owners from unwittingly breaking the law in another state.