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Assemblywoman Schimel Works to Defeat Thune Amendment

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, 16th AD, teamed up with New York State Senator Chuck Schumer, Jackie Hilly of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, and the Brady Campaign to defeat an attempt by the gun lobby to legalize the transport of concealed pistols across state lines.

Assemblywoman Schimel, who has advocated for numerous crime prevention measures such as microstamping, was on the floor of the National Conference of State Legislators in Philadelphia lobbying state representatives from crucial swing states to call their respective United States senators to beat the amendment. Schimel said that “Senators responded by wisely acknowledging the concerns of this grassroots effort to help protect the safety of Americans and police from gun violence by defeating the amendment.” 

In a 58-39 vote, the United States Senate rejected a covert amendment, attached by Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), to a massive defense appropriations bill which would have required all states to accept conceal and carry pistol permits issued by other states. 

The Thune Amendment, also known as the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act,” would have required New York to accept the conceal and carry permits of other states, without regard to the standard a state would use in issuing such permits, and would have enabled delinquent straw purchasers to illegally sell pistols in New York State.

“The hard work paid off to defeat this dangerous amendment. As a New York State assemblywoman I know when it comes to state law one size does not fit all, as what is good for Vermont may not be good for New York State. To allow the Thune Amendment to pass would have endangered the lives of police officers and citizens by increasing the flow of illegal guns into our communities in New York State,” Assemblywoman Schimel said.