BELLEVUE, WA â€“ New York Senator Charles Schumerâ€™s remarks over the weekend about provisions that could be added to an alternative bill regarding background checks are â€œdemonstrably false and delusional,â€ 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 â€“ announced last week as a substitute for Schumerâ€™s own draconian anti-gun background check bill â€“ would make New York â€œmuch more dangerous.â€
â€œThis legislation could change Times Square into the OK Corral,â€ the senator asserted.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, who helped craft some of the language in the Manchin-Toomey alternative, said Schumer â€œonce again cannot tell the difference between reality and his own extremist anti-gun rhetoric.â€
â€œHis 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,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œObviously heâ€™s afraid of the alternative bill or he would not have taken the time to demonize it. Their bill provides for gun Â 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.â€
Gottlieb pointed to another Schumer remark that â€œdoesnâ€™t pass the smell test.â€
Said Schumer: â€œTo allow criminals to go to other states, get a permit for concealed carry and then carry their guns concealed here in New Yorkâ€¦outrageous.â€
â€œSenator 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,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œWhen 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.â€