Cecilia DowdDec 8, 2017, 11:23 pm

Congressman votes against federal bill that would allow legal guns to cross state lines

Rep. Peter King says New Yorkers have the right to set their own gun laws

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LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — There's a federal bill on the table that would make it legal for gun owners to carry their guns from state to state. But Senior Republican Congressman Peter King is speaking out against it.

The House of Representatives passed the bill championed by the NRA, called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Congressman King voted against it.

“Basically it says that if you have a gun permit from any other state in the country, you can bring it to New York. You can bring it from one state to the other, and New York has strict requirements and they worked. New York City has cut the murder rate by 90 percent. Nassau and Suffolk have very low murder rates. Many of the murders that are committed, certainly in New York City, are by guns that come in from out of state,” King explains.

Congressman King says he sees this as a state's rights issue. Residents have the right in New York, he says, to set their own standards. He also says this is a victory for the NRA and a loss for the police.

“They're going to be the ones to have that many extra guns out. I mean, somebody can drive to New York now with five, 10 guns in their glove compartment, or their trunk of the car, and start selling them here or start giving them out. It's a way to get guns in,” King says.

What's the argument for it?

“They say it's the same as a driver's license, that you can drive from one state to the other. If one has a license in one state, you can drive to another state. So if you have a license for a gun in one state, why can't you bring it to another state?” King explains.

This bill, however, is not yet a law, as it still has to go through the senate, where its future is uncertain.

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