HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would allow individuals with concealed carry permits from any state to carry firearms in New Jersey. It puts New Jersey residents in danger by allowing states with weaker provisions to dictate the rules nationally. Since states like Arizona and Utah accept concealed carry applications from anywhere in the country, a resident of New Jersey could apply for a permit in Arizona and New Jersey would be forced to honor that permit. This nullifies the background checks, live-fire training, and other stringent safeguards that New Jersey requires. The passage of HR 38 could flood NJ with concealed weapons that would never have been allowed under current law.
In 2011, Chris Smith voted in favor of a nearly identical bill, HR 822. He chose to support the gun lobby and other states over his own constituents, by undermining the safety precautions they have duly enacted through the legislative process. Applying for a concealed weapon permit in New Jersey should require abiding by New Jersey’s rules. Smith must put the interests of New Jersey residents first,and vote no on HR 38.
This letter was also published in the Trentonian.