An LGBT rights group known as “Gays Against Guns” released an ad campaign Thursday targeting the national concealed carry reciprocity bill making its way through Congress.
Titled “Reciprocity is an Atrocity,” the ad warns its viewers that H.R. 38 and S. 446 — which allow concealed carry nationwide — will “overturn your state’s gun laws.” The bills will also allow “guns to travel freely across state lines,” permitting someone to “buy a gun in Texas and bring it to a school in New York.”
The ad ends with a series of protesters holding signs that read “Not in my City” and “Not in my Nightclub,” among other locations. People in white clothes stand in the background, representing those who have been killed in gun-related incidents.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 unifies the patchwork of concealed carry laws across the nation. Under this legislation, if a person is allowed to carry a concealed firearm in his or her state of residence, that person is also permitted to carry a firearm in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.
The legislation is designed to protect individuals who cross state lines and unintentionally break that state’s concealed carry laws.
Kevin Gotkin, a member of Gays Against Guns, said in a statement that the proposals are “the opposite of common sense.”
“They undermine the safety established in places like New York City, where legislators have worked hard to protect us from gun deaths,” he said.
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action notes that the new law does not override state laws that govern time, place, or manner of carriage.
“Individual state gun laws would still be respected,” they said in an alert on February 21. “If under federal law a person is prohibited from carrying a firearm, they will continue to be prohibited from doing so under this bill.”
The legislation will also not affect current laws governing the purchase of firearms. Unless a person is a resident of Texas, that person cannot, as Gays Against Guns claims, buy a gun in Texas and take it to a school in New York.
The bill’s sponsor in the House, Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, calls the bill, “a common sense solution to a problem too many Americans face.”
“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that,” he said in a Jan. 4 statement. “This will provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits.”