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Coalition Launches "Our Lives, Our Laws" Campaign to Oppose National Concealed Carry Reciprocity

September 12, 2011

Message from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

‘Today, Mayors Against Illegal Guns launched a major, new advocacy campaign – “Our Lives, Our Laws” – to oppose the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R.822), a dangerous proposal that would force every state to recognize every other state’s concealed carry permit, no matter how lax the standards. The campaign includes a website and online petition, available here: The coalition’s press release is available here:

This new campaign was launched in anticipation of a hearing on September 13, in the U.S. House of Representatives.’ 

`The coalition has strongly and consistently opposed proposals that would force national concealed carry reciprocity. In 2009, the coalition played the pivotal role in defeating the Senate “Thune Amendment” – legislation nearly identical to H.R.822. Our March 2011 letter opposing forced concealed carry reciprocity and H.R.822 is attached.

This proposal is a serious threat to public safety because it would gut states’ right to set minimum standards for who is eligible to carry a concealed, loaded gun within their borders. H.R.822 would also create serious and potentially life threatening situations for law enforcement officers. For example, during traffic stops, it will be nearly impossible for law enforcement officers to verify the validity of 48 different carry permits – forcing officers to make split-second decisions for their own safety in an already dangerous situation. That’s why national law enforcement organizations, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Foundation, oppose this lowest-common-denominator approach to public safety.

The Our Lives, Our Laws website includes a petition tool allowing people to express their opposition directly to Congress. We respectfully ask YOU to spread the word and share this petition via social media and other forms of outreach.

In addition, we urge you to submit letters on this issue to the editor of your local newspaper.

Thank you for your commitment.’

Click here to read Letter to Speaker Boehner and Democratic Leader Pelosi from Mayors Against Illegal Guns.