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As the House Judiciary Committee prepares for a Wednesday morning markup of the dangerous “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” (H.R. 38), just weeks after two of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, Everytown for Gun Safety has a new fact sheet that highlights how “concealed carry reciprocity” would make it easy for countless domestic abusers and stalkers to carry concealed guns across the country.
READ THE FACT SHEET HERE.
According to Everytown’s analysis of mass shootings, in at least 54 percent of mass shootings, the shooter killed a current or former intimate partner or family member. Federal law blocks some domestic abusers from possessing firearms and most states have acted to close the existing loophole in the law as it applies to concealed carry. Thirty-five states and DC block abusive dating partners from carrying concealed handguns and 28 states and DC block convicted stalkers. If passed, “concealed carry reciprocity” would undermine these state laws.
“Concealed carry reciprocity” would not set a national standard for who can carry hidden, loaded guns in public. Instead, it would override state gun laws on who can carry concealed guns — and who can even have guns at all.
One of the most dangerous aspects of “concealed carry reciprocity” is that states would be forced to allow many domestic abusers and stalkers to carry hidden, loaded guns, even if the state has specifically passed legislation that prohibits these abusers and stalkers from carrying in public.
If Congress is serious about keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and stalkers, they will reject this bill, which would weaken state gun laws and make it easy for people with dangerous histories to carry hidden, loaded guns across the country.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs