Gun owner applauds concealed carry bill

The "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act," passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would allow for state issued pistol permits to be recognized in any country. (Brett Hall/CNYCentral)

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would allow for pistol permits to be recognized across state lines.

The "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act," which was a top priority for the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups, passed 231-198. It allows for concealed carry license holders to conceal a handgun in other states.

Democratic leaders were quick to chastise the bill.

"The appalling House vote for concealed carry reciprocity puts all New Yorkers at risk," Governor Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, said in a statement. "This legislation would let individuals from out-of-state convicted of certain crimes carry hidden, loaded weapons in New York, in violation of New York's much better, safer law. Only the NRA could propose something so ill-considered, dangerous and vile."

However Jack Sutton, co-owner of Hart Rifle Barrels, Inc, said the bill would make sense for those who use guns responsibly and for recreation.

"That law would allow us to carry our pistol to Phoenix and be totally legal and as they will see the New York Permit," Sutton said.

The bill now goes onto the U.S. Senate.

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