ALBANY, N.Y. » Attorneys general in Hawaii and nine other states have written to U.S. Senate leaders urging them to stop legislation that would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed firearms across state lines.
Letters sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., say the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act would restrict their states’ ability to control gun permits inside their borders, forcing them to recognize permits from states with weak oversight and making it harder to prosecute illegal gun traffickers.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says 68 percent of the guns used in New York crimes last year were traced to other states.
The other attorneys general included in the letter are from California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada and Oregon, along with Pennsylvania’s attorney general-elect.
The bill is supported by the National Rifle Association. The organization says the bill allows owners to protect themselves in other states.