The federal Gun-Free School Zones Act generally prohibits concealed carry in a school zone, which is defined as a distance of 1,000 feet from the grounds of a public, parochial or private school.
Another concern is the difficulty law enforcement officers may have determining the validity of an out-of-state concealed carry permit-especially when there is no national database. "We are disappointed in the House for passing this reckless legislation and we urge the Senate to respect state laws, to protect the safety of our communities, and to reject this bill", Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement.
Gabrielle Giffords, who left the House after becoming a victim of gun violence in her home state of Arizona and started a gun-control group, said that "Congress has failed the American people" and moved toward making the country less safe.
"Today's bill ensures Tennesseans who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights will face no undue burden when traveling to gun-friendly states", he said.
"This legislation would let individuals from out of state convicted of certain crimes carry hidden, loaded weapons in NY, in violation of New York's much better, safer law", Cuomo said in a statement. Though she initially faced a prison term, Allen was required to participate in a pretrial intervention program and was later pardoned by Gov. Chris Christie. The legislation permits individuals with a concealed carry permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that allows it. This is completely false.
The legislation also included a provision that is supported by members of both parties to bolster the background check system.
Most members of the New York House delegation opposed the concealed carry bill, including two Republicans - U.S. Reps. They were among 14 national Republicans to vote no on the bill.
The Associated Press' report added that the change "is a top priority of the National Rifle Association", which helps explain why GOP lawmakers made this change to an otherwise bipartisan bill. "Why should Texans, who have adopted strong, sensible standards for a license to carry be forced to contend with concealed carry gun owners in states that have not", O'Rourke wrote in a Medium post.
"Gun regulations for law-abiding firearm owners are often confusing and redundant", said Faso, who covers parts of the Hudson Valley and Southern Tier, in a statement.