A gun control group founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is vowing to spend $25 million in an effort to fight against pro-gun candidates in 2018 races.
Everytown for Gun Safety will put the money towards federal and state-level lawmakers to combat “concealed carry reciprocity,” Politico reported.
Concealed carry reciprocity would allow individuals who possess concealed carry permits from their home state or who are not prohibited from carrying concealed in their home state to exercise those rights in other states that do not prohibit concealed carry.
The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was introduced last month, with the backing of the NRA and President Donald Trump.
“This is a line in the sand on this issue, there’s no question about it. The NRA wants to normalize carrying guns in public. It’s not where the American public is,” Everytown president John Feinblatt told Politico. “We’re putting people on notice today that we’re watching … and that we expect to hold people accountable.”
We know how to be the David to the NRA’s Goliath,” Feinblatt said in a recent blog post. “Defeating ‘Concealed Carry Reciprocity’ is now our main national priority, and we are putting Washington on notice that we will bring the same investment of resources and grassroots power to the fight against it.”
“Concealed Carry Reciprocity” bills have been introduced in the past but have been struck down. Everytown for Gun Safety aims to defeat this legislation again.
“Now we — Everytown and Moms Demand Action, together the counterweight to the NRA — are mounting a full campaign to ensure this dangerous legislation fails again,” Feinblatt added. “That means activating our 50-state grassroots network of more than three million supporters to hold their elected officials accountable — and investing financially in this long-term battle all the way through to the 2018 elections and beyond.”
Advocates of national reciprocity say that concealed carry permits would be similar to drivers licenses while opponents argue it would loosen gun laws that apply to the entire country.