From our good friends at the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.....NYSRPA
(FYI, Ellen Freudenheim is on the NYAGV (New Yorkers Against Gun Violence) board.)
Yo! There's legislation pending that would enable hundreds, possibly
thousands, of people in Brooklyn restaurants, concerts, on Brooklyn's
streets and in our malls to be legally packing a handgun. A concealed
handgun, as in, in her purse, or his jeans pocket. NIMBY.
New York has some of the strictest laws in the nation regarding
carrying a firearm. But Congress is poised to pass a new law that
would override New York's laws, and allow anyone who has a legal
permit to carry a concealed weapon in their home state to do so in
New York, too. The NY Times has been running editorials on the
proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, and did so
again today. Mayor Bloomberg has been vocally opposed to this for
years. Six hundred mayors issued a statement opposing this
legislation on October 20th.
Will Brooklyn be impacted? Will there be more guns around? Yes, just
on a statistical basis, because our tourism numbers are huge. New
York City gets about 44 million tourists a year, Brooklyn enjoys
about 10 or 15 million. Many are from the US. Plus, thousands of
people move into Brooklyn from out of state. So if this law passes,
it's only a matter of time before we'll be hearing stories about
firearm accidents and violence involving people with legal out of
state permits, as they say, "to carry." And, "85% of NYC crime guns
come from states with weak gun laws," according to the advocacy group
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.
If you want to know more about this, or send an angry
Not-in-My-Back-Yard fax to Senator Harry Reid, check in here:
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
Keep Guns Off Campus
Legal Community Against Guns
(The organizations above represent the point of view that increased
access to handgun ownership poses a risk to public safety and public
health. In the interests of full disclosure, the NRA takes the view
that, as one proponent put it, "an armed society is a safe society.")
While Occupy Wall Street is grabbing New Yorkers' attention, the NRA
may finally succeed in occupying New York.
Break out the camping equipment, bongo drums, throw away the wash cloth's and soap!!!