These dangerous bills — which are opposed by leading law enforcement organizations — would undermine states’ rights by forcing nearly every state to accept the concealed-carry permits issued by other states, even if the permit holder could not qualify for a permit in the state to which he is traveling. By this letter, I respectfully place a hold on these bills and request that you do not allow them to be considered on their own or as an amendment to other legislation . . . .
In recent weeks, our nation have witnessed tragic gun violence in Sanford, Florida and in Oakland, California, which is only a short drive from my home. Notably, George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, had been issued a concealed carry permit under Florida law, even though he had previously been subject to a court order for domestic abuse of his ex-fiancee. Congress should heed the warnings of law enforcement and not force states to recognize the permits issued to individuals in other states.
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