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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Representing the 1st District of New Hampshire

Shea-Porter Statement Opposing House Concealed Carry Bill

December 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement after voting “no” on H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which passed the House by a vote of 231-198:

“Today I voted against the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act because it would undermine states’ rights and would expose law enforcement officers to lawsuits and an increased risk of harm. That’s why leading law enforcement organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Executive Research Forum, are opposing this bill. Moreover, at a time when the majority of Americans want Congress to work on bipartisan solutions that address the national epidemic of gun violence, passing the NRA’s top legislative priority to loosen gun safety laws takes us in the wrong direction.”

 

BACKGROUND

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (a group whose member organizations include the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.; the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the Major Cities Chiefs Association; the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives; the Police Executive Research Forum; and the Police Foundation) issued a joint statement to oppose the bill, writing: “Reciprocity would leave law enforcement helpless to keep guns out of the wrong hands when a person claims ‘constitutional carry’ authority. This obvious step in the wrong direction would sow chaos and uncertainty, making a cop’s job harder and citizens less safe. Under the House bill (H.R. 38), attempting to verify a permit or identification card comes with potential legal liability for law enforcement, an outrageous outcome for an officer trying to protect his or her community.”