The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Would Have Devastating Consequences for Vulnerable Populations
Critica co-founder Sara Gorman discusses the impact of a proposed new gun law on vulnerable populations in the U.S.
Just weeks after two tragic mass shootings in the U.S., one in Las Vegas on October 1 and one in Sutherland Springs on November 5, the House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. Now the proposed law will go up for a vote before the full House before the end of the year.
The proposed law would effectively do away with some of the tighter regulations on concealed carry many states have by making it legal for people to cross state lines carrying a gun, even if it’s illegal to do so in the state into which they crossed. This is particularly worrying because it means that if someone lives in a state that requires permits, waiting periods, and background checks in order to purchase a gun, under the new law that person would be able to cross into a state without those restrictions, buy a gun, and legally carry it over state lines, effectively shirking the state laws in place that keep people with criminal histories, among other things, from obtaining access to guns.
If this act becomes law, the consequences could be devastating for a variety of reasons. The law would obviously pose a grave threat to public safety. But there’s another aspect of this proposed law that’s particularly concerning: it would most likely have a disproportionate impact on some of the most vulnerable populations in the U.S., including victims of domestic violence. Critica co-founder Sara Gorman explored this issue in more depth in a piece for Quartz.
We hope you will consider contacting your representatives and encouraging them to vote against this law. For more information, we highly recommend the helpful resources developed by Everytown for Gun Safety on the proposed law.