July 22, 2009

Gillibrand Statement on Defeat of Concealed Carry Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement on the defeat of the concealed carry amendment introduced by Senator John Thune of South Dakota, which would have undercut a state's ability to decide who can legally carry a concealed weapon:

"Over the last several days I have been urging my colleagues to oppose this harmful measure and side in favor of law enforcement and state's rights.

"It is simply wrong for the federal government to overrule a state's ability to enact reasonable, constitutional gun laws designed to prevent criminals and other violent and dangerous persons from carrying guns in city streets. 

"This legislation would have posed a serious public safety risk to New York and states around the country, and I am pleased that our colleagues have taken the right course and voted to defeat this amendment."