Press Release

Gillibrand Statement on Defeat of Concealed Carry Amendment

Jul 22, 2009

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

“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

“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.”