New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas weighed in this week against a proposed concealed carry bill that’s before Congress. But some local gun owners said the bill would make it easier for them to defend themselves while traveling.
The Congressional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would have states recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits as they do drivers licenses. A person with a concealed carry license traveling to another state would have to obey that state’s gun laws.
Jeremy Gill, founder and teacher at Practical Defense Training, LLC., said out-of-state gun holders aren’t a safety risk because of the requirements needed to get a concealed carry permit.
“We’re some of the most trained, responsible gun owners," he said, “and all national reciprocity would do, is allow myself and others who have gone out and received that to have that tool to defend themselves.”
Seventeen attorneys general signed a letter to Congress on Monday opposing the measure, pointing out that some state’s gun laws are less restrictive than others.