City Attorney Feuer: "The 'Fix NICS Act' includes bipartisan, common-sense steps to improve our national background check system. But House leadership cynically has held the Act hostage to a toxic concealed carry bill that would put American lives at risk. It’s an appalling tactic, and Congress should reject it."
District Attorney Vance: "The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act reveals a shocking disregard for the lives of law enforcement officers across the country and the communities we are sworn to protect. By allowing people with dangerous histories and no training to carry loaded, concealed weapons across state lines, CCRA would impose weak gun laws on all 50 states."
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer released the following joint statement today on behalf of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence:
Prosecutors Against Gun Violence stands with law enforcement leaders from across the United States in strong opposition to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The House and Senate versions of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38 and S. 446) would dangerously undermine concealed carry standards across the nation and allow many individuals with dangerous histories and no training to carry hidden, loaded guns in public throughout the United States.
It is outrageous that leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives now are attempting to use the leverage of a bipartisan, common-sense bill like the ‘Fix NICS Act’ to force concealed carry reciprocity on the American people. It has been nearly a decade since Congress has improved our gun violence prevention laws, and House leadership is on the verge of throwing away this opportunity to improve a background check system most Americans want to strengthen.
The combined ‘concealed carry reciprocity’ and ‘Fix NICS’ legislation will jeopardize the safety of front-line law enforcement and must not be passed into law. As the co-chairs of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, we again urge Congress to stand with prosecutors and law enforcement and reject ‘concealed carry reciprocity,’ period.