Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action Criticize Introduction of NRA-Backed Legislation Forcing States to Allow Concealed Carry by Dangerous People

Senator Cornyn’s ‘Concealed Carry Reciprocity’ Bill Would Gut Gun Laws and Make The Weakest Link the Law of the Land

WASHINGTON – Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the following statement today in response to the introduction of new legislation by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) that would undermine our nation’s gun laws and radically redefine who can carry hidden, loaded guns anywhere in America by forcing states to recognize concealed carry permits from every other state, many with significantly lower standards.

STATEMENT FROM JOHN FEINBLATT, PRESIDENT OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:

“Senator Cornyn’s bill is a dream for the gun lobby and a nightmare for public safety. For centuries, cities and states have set their own reasonable, tailored limits on who can carry hidden, loaded guns in their public spaces. One size does not fit all, and this NRA-backed bill would only make the weakest link the law of the land – gutting America’s public safety laws.”

STATEMENT FROM SHANNON WATTS, FOUNDER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA, PART OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:

“This radical legislation, created and promoted by gun lobbyists, would upend existing state gun laws and undermine public safety laws from coast to coast. It would also go against the will of the majority of Americans – 88 percent of whom support requiring safety training and a clean criminal record in order to carry a hidden, loaded handgun in public. Moms Demand Action volunteers and gun violence survivors in all 50 states will band together with police, mayors and lawmakers to fight this dangerous legislation. The safety of our families and communities are on the line.”