BELLEVUE, Wash., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Senator Charles Schumer's remarks over the weekend about provisions that could be added to an alternative bill regarding background checks are "demonstrably false and delusional," the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
The perennially anti-gun Schumer told reporters that a concealed carry reciprocity amendment that may be offered to the alternative bill sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey – announced last week as a substitute for Schumer's own draconian anti-gun background check bill – would make New York "much more dangerous."
"This legislation could change Times Square into the OK Corral," the senator asserted.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, who helped craft some of the language in the Manchin-Toomey alternative, said Schumer "once again cannot tell the difference between reality and his own extremist anti-gun rhetoric."
"His opposition to any legislation that would benefit gun owners is obvious in the way he is trying to characterize the Manchin-Toomey proposal as a public safety disaster," Gottlieb said. "Obviously he's afraid of the alternative bill or he would not have taken the time to demonize it. Their bill provides for gun rights restoration, immunity from prosecution for selling a firearm later used in a crime, interstate sale of handguns and other gun rights benefits, which he opposes, and it prohibits gun registration, which he supports, and adds a 15-year felony prison sentence for government officials who violate the registration provision. In short, the alternative bill represents everything he hates."
Gottlieb pointed to another Schumer remark that "doesn't pass the smell test."
Said Schumer: "To allow criminals to go to other states, get a permit for concealed carry and then carry their guns concealed here in New York…outrageous."
"Senator Schumer knows that no criminal can travel to another state and get a carry license because law enforcement agencies would flag that person in a minute," Gottlieb said. "When he throws around canards like that, it proves the desperation of his position. He will stop at nothing to prevent a reasonable alternative to his anti-gun extremism from gaining traction."
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (www.ccrkba.org) is one of the nation's premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.
SOURCE Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms