CSGV TELLS SENATOR BROWN TO OPPOSE DANGEROUS “NATIONAL CARRY” LEGISLATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT:
Ladd Everitt, (202) 701-7171,  leveritt@csgv.org  
CSGV TELLS SENATOR BROWN TO OPPOSE DANGEROUS “NATIONAL CARRY” LEGISLATION

Hard-hitting ad in Boston Globe asks U.S. Senator Scott Brown to oppose NRA €™s attempt to gut law that prevents out-of-state criminals from carrying hidden guns in Massachusetts.
Washington, DC-Today, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) placed a  full-page ad  in the Boston Globe imploring Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown to oppose any congressional legislation that would impose nationwide concealed carry reciprocity on the states. The ad asks Brown’s constituents to call him and voice their opposition to this dangerous idea.

The U.S. Congress is currently considering legislation that would force Massachusetts to let individuals from around the country carry concealed, loaded firearms in public-even when those individuals have a history of domestic violence and would not qualify for a concealed carry permit under Massachusetts law.

To protect victims of domestic violence, Massachusetts has set common-sense standards for carrying loaded, concealed guns that go well beyond the basic federal background check. For example, Massachusetts denies concealed carry permits to individuals who have been convicted of certain misdemeanor gun or drug crimes, or who have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

But if the National Rifle Association gets its way, Massachusetts will lose its say in the matter entirely. That means domestic abusers with permits from other states would be able to carry a gun in Massachusetts, which they could use to threaten a partner who may have moved to The Bay State to escape from abuse.

CSGV is part of a broad coalition urging Members of Congress to reject this misguided legislation. That coalition includes the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the American Prosecutors Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, and 12 mayors from across Massachusetts.


The  Coalition to Stop Gun Violence  seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.

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