ABA Opposes 2 Federal Conceal-Carry Bills

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The American Bar Association has opposed two federal bills that would require states to recognize concealed-carry permits from other jurisdictions, according to the ABA Journal.

The proposed legislation “offends deeply rooted principles of federalism where public safety is traditionally the concern of state and local government,” wrote ABA president Linda Klein yesterday in two letters addressed to the Department of Homeland Security and the Senate Subcommittee on the Judiciary.

“Unlike some efforts of Congress to create minimum safety standards, this bill could lead to no safety standards as more states enact laws to allow persons to carry concealed firearms without a permit,” she said.

Furthermore, she added, “The knowledge of local authorities, who best know the individual applicant, would also be rendered moot.”

The two bills are H.R. 38, “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017,” and S.446, “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.”

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