GOP Pushing "Dangerous" Concealed-Carry Reciprocity Bill

September 12, 2011 9:42 am ET

On Tuesday, a House Judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R. 882, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act. Heavily backed by the National Rifle Association, the legislation has received overwhelming GOP support. While supporters claim the bill "protects the rights of each state," it would actually force states that have enacted rigorous concealed-carry restrictions to recognize permits from more lenient states, including states where investigations have exposed massive flaws in permitting procedures. This would "gut state laws from the back end," according to a former Republican member of Congress. Contrary to claims from the bill's advocates, experts have found no correlation between concealed-carry and lower crime rates, and in some cases evidence of higher rates. This evidence has led numerous law enforcement organizations to oppose the bill, calling it "dangerous" for police officers.

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