Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
|For Immediate Release: |
July 22, 2009
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553
BOXER LAUDS DEFEAT OF EFFORT TO OVERRIDE STATE CONCEAL AND CARRY LAWS
Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today spoke out against a proposal that would have taken away the right of states to determine their own concealed weapons laws.
Senator Boxer said, “California should not be forced to live with another state’s weaker laws. We need to do everything we can to protect our families, not pass a dangerous proposal that would only lead to more gun deaths and put more police officers in the line of fire.”
Speaking on the Senate floor today, Boxer read from a letter from the California Police Chiefs Association, which strongly opposed the measure because it “threatens the safety of our police officers.”
The amendment, offered by Senator John Thune (R-SD), would allow people with permits from their home states to carry a concealed firearm into another state -- even though some states do not even require background checks before issuing such permits.
“California’s conceal and carry requirements are carefully crafted, and the state does not recognize permits granted by any other state. This amendment would have forced California to do so,” said Senator Boxer.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the mayors of more than 30 California cities also opposed the amendment. The proposed amendment was defeated.