- The Washington Times - Monday, June 26, 2017

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance says the congressional bill requiring states to recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits plays into the hands of deadly terrorists.

“This bill is supported, I am sure, by ISIS,” Mr. Vance said of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act during a radio interview with John Catsimatidis, the New York Post reported.

Mr. Vance argued that the Islamic State terrorist group instructs adherents how to easily obtain weapons in states with loose permitting rules.

“I think Congress members have to think long and hard about whether they want to play into the hands of these terrorists,” he said. “Whether you’re a jihadist or a gun dealer, you could get up in the morning in Manhattan, drive to Vermont, buy loaded weapons and bring them back into New York by dinner, and that entire excursion would have been completely legal.”

Mr. Vance credited New York City’s drop in homicides on the state’s strict gun restrictions, and said the “dangerous and ill-considered bill” would “increase the danger to our communities and to our cops.”

“Does anyone really think that the gun laws in West Virginia should be the same gun laws that apply in Washington Heights in Manhattan?” he asked.

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The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act seeks to amend the federal criminal code to allow a gun owner licensed in one state to carry a concealed handgun in another state that also allows concealed carry.

Rep. Richard Hudson, North Carolina Republican, introduced the bill in the House, and Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, introduced legislation in the Senate.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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