Rochester City Council voices concern over new federal gun bill

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Rochester City Council members are joining the fight against a new bill in Washington easing gun restrictions.

If passed into law, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, would allow conceal and carry permit holders to carry those guns across state lines, something they’re currently not allowed to do.

17 Attorneys General, including New York AG Eric Schniederman, have raised issues with this new bill, which was introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Represenatives earlier this year.

Rochester City Council issued a proclamation this week speaking out against the legislation, noting councilmembers would be reaching out to New York Congressmembers to lobby them to vote against it.

City Councilwoman Molly Clifford (D), said, “we know that we can’t control everything. We certainly can’t control what happens with people carrying illegal weapons. Certainly when we can take steps to at least make our concerns known, that we should do so.”

The bill has yet to be voted on in either house. To view the text of the bill, click here.

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