Gun lobby extremists and their allies in Congress want to impose a law that
will let dangerous people like George Zimmerman carry concealed guns nationwide. 

People Who Care

Law Enforcement

Police officers put their lives on the line each and every day to protect their communities. In a time when resources are tight, this law would add additional burdens, making it harder for them to do their jobs and adding unnecessary new risks. 

The legislation would not only override state laws, it would also mean officers who encounter a person with a loaded, hidden gun would have to quickly determine whether their permit was valid – a practical impossibility with 50 different state permits.

Law enforcement officials know what the law should be in their states; they’ve worked with their legislatures to craft those public safety laws. And they want Washington to stay out of it:

  • “H.R. 822 would severely undermine state concealed carry licensing systems…states and localities should have the right to determine who is eligible to carry firearms in their communities.”

    -Mark A. Marshall, President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • “Ambiguity to the legality of firearm possession could lead to confusion among police officers that could result in catastrophic incidences. Congress should be working to make the job of a police officer more safe, not less.”

    -Hubert Williams, President of the Police Foundation

  • “This legislation would be an enormous mistake.”

    -Charles H. Ramsey, Philadelphia Police Commissioner and President of the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association

Law enforcement organizations and leaders opposed to this legislation include:

National Police Organizations

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Major Cities Chiefs Association, which represents police executives of 63 of the largest urban areas in the United States, including: 
    • Atlanta, Georgia
    • Austin, Texas
    • Baltimore, Maryland
    • Baltimore County, Maryland
    • Boston, Massachusetts
    • Buffalo, New York
    • Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Charlotte/Mecklenberg. N.C.
    • Cleveland, Ohio
    • Columbus, Ohio
    • Dallas, Texas
    • Denver, Colorado
    • Detroit, Michigan
    • El Paso, Texas
    • Houston, Texas
    • Fairfax County, Virginia
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Jacksonville, Florida
    • Kansas City, Missouri
    • Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Long Beach, California
    • Los Angeles County, California
    • Memphis, Tennessee
    • Miami-Dade, Florida
    • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • Montgomery County, Maryland
    • Nashville, Tennessee
    • Nassau County, New York
    • New Orleans, Louisiana
    • New York City, New York
    • Newark, New Jersey
    • Oakland, California
    • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Portland, Oregon
    • Prince George's County, Maryland
    • St. Louis, Missouri
    • Salt Lake City, Utah
    • San Antonio, Texas
    • San Francisco, California
    • San Jose, California
    • Tucson, Arizona
    • Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • Washington D.C.
  • Police Foundation
  • Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association
  • National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
  • National Sheriff's Association
  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
  • Public Executive Research Forum
  • Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

State and Local Police Organizations and Individuals

  • Alabama: Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police
  • California: California Police Chiefs Association
  • Colorado: Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, Bellingham Police Chief Todd Ramsay, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner, Broomfield Police Chief Thomas Deland, Retired Colorado Springs Police Chief Richard Myers, Denver Police Chief Robert White, Littleton Police Chief Heather A. Coogan, Longmont Public Safety Chief H. Michael Butler, Northglenn Police Chief James May, Pueblo Police Chief Luis Velez, Telluride Chief Marshall A. James Kolar, Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennan
  • Florida: Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood, Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor
  • Maryland: Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention
  • Massachusetts:  Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, New Bedford Police Chief David Provencher, Revere Police Chief Terence Reardon
  • Minnesota:  Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Minneapolis Chief of Police Timothy Dolan, Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay
  • Nevada:  Nevada Sheriffs' and Chiefs' Association, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Douglas Gillespie
  • New York: New York State Law Enforcement Council
  • New Mexico: Santa Fe Police Chief Raymond J. Rael, Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert A. Garcia
  • Ohio: City of Columbus Department of Public Safety, Youngstown Police Chief Rod Foley
  • Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Gun Policy Group, Philadelphia Chief Charles Ramsey, York Police Chief Wes Kahley, Reading Police Chief William Heim
  • Virginia: Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Wisconsin: Wisconsin Association of Chiefs of Police, Milwaukee County Law Enforcement Executives, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn

Advocates Against Domestic Violence

Advocates for domestic violence victims speak on behalf of those who often are too afraid to speak out publicly for themselves, and sometimes even move to a new state to escape an abusive partner.

If Congress overrides state concealed carry laws, it would make it easier for an abuser, even one with an active restraining order a or record of abuse, to legally follow their victim across state lines with a concealed weapon, putting domestic violence victims at even greater risk.

  • “[The Thune Amendment] would force states to allow domestic violence abusers to secretly carry loaded guns where they might harm the public or their intimate partners.”

    -National Network to End Domestic Violence

Domestic violence abuse victims advocates that oppose this legislation include:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • National Network to End Domestic Violence, representing 56 state and territorial domestic violence coalitions.
  • Minnesota Domestic Abuse Project
  • Protect Minnesota
  • New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • People Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse (WI)
  • Safe Nest (NV)
  • Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • The Women's Center (WI)

Mayors

More than 600 leaders of big cities and small towns across America are united in opposition to stripping communities of the ability keep themselves safe.

Mayors are perfectly positioned to hear and respond to the needs of their communities, not politicians in Washington with gun lobbyists buzzing in their ears. Their highest responsibility is to enforce laws that protect their citizens, and they say this legislation would put people at risk by putting more guns in the hands of people who would not qualify for a local permit.

  • "Under current law in most states, if you have certain misdemeanor convictions, are an alcohol abuser, or haven't completed a gun safety training program, you cannot carry a concealed weapon. This bill would effectively erase those rules.”
    - Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York

  • “Adopting national legislation that undermines local laws and creates a one size fits all policy would not only be counter-productive; it would threaten public safety and needlessly put our police officers and our residents in harm's way.
    - Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston

  •  “This law would not only frustrate our police officers, it would endanger them. Policing our streets and confronting the risks inherent in even routine traffic stops is already perilous enough...”
    - Joseph T. McElveen, Jr., Mayor of Sumpter, South Carolina

  • “This law would effectively overturn South Carolina concealed carry laws by allowing concealed carrying by non-residents who cannot meet South Carolina’s standards. Passage of this amendment would be bad for our state.”
    - Joseph P Riley Jr., Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina

  • “This would strip Virginia of the power to create its own public safety laws and hand that power to the states with the weakest protections.”
    - Dwight C. Jones, Mayor of Richmond, Virginia

  • “The Thune Amendment would further erode protections for citizens and police officers by allowing the nation’s weakest laws to overturn the will of Ohio’s legislature and local communities.”
    - Michael B. Coleman, Mayor of Columbus, Ohio

  • Each state ought to have the ability to decide whether to accept concealed carry permits issued in other states…[This bill] infringe[s] upon Florida’s right to determine the bounds of constitutionally-established core state public safety duties.”
    - John R. Marks, III, Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida
    Other government officials and organizations opposing this legislation:
  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Philadelphia Delegation
  • Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus
  • Philadelphia, PA City Council
  • Pittsburgh, PA City Council
  • Las Vegas, NV Mayor Carolyn Goodman
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Faith Leaders

The faith community is often where victims of gun violence turn first for comfort and support. They see the consequences of gun violence on a daily basis and work to promote peace in their communities.

They say that state and local officials should decide who is permitted to carry a concealed weapon in their cities, towns and neighborhoods:

  • “The issue of concealed carry regulation should be devised by state officials, law enforcement and legislators who are in the best position to determine appropriate policies …

    In many cases, states have set more stringent yet common sense concealed carry laws … Unfortunately, the proposed Thune amendment would override all of these standards … weakening public protection and reducing concealed carry permitting to a new national lowest common denominator.”

    -Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr, President and Founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Faith leaders that oppose this legislation include:

  • Faiths United, a coalition of more than 30 major religious organizations:

    • African Methodist Episcopal Church
    • American Baptist Churches of the South
    • American Friends Service Committee
    • Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
    • Catholic Health Association of the United States
    • Catholics In Alliance for the Common Good
    • Church of the Brethren
    • Church Women United
    • Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM)
    • Disciples Home Mission, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    • Dominican Sisters of Peace
    • The Episcopal Church
    • Franciscan Action Network
    • Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
    • Health Ministries Association
    • Heeding God's Call
    • International Parish Nurse Resource Center
    • Islamic Society of North America
    • Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
    • Leadership Conference of Women Religious
    • Maine Council of Churches
    • Mennonite Central Committee, Washington Office
    • National Advocacy Center, Sisters of the Good Shepherd
    • National Council of Churches Of Christ in the U.S.A.
    • National Episcopal Health Ministries
    • NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
    • Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church
    • Presbyterian Church USA
    • 28 Presbyterian Church Leaders (VA)
    • Progressive National Baptist Convention
    • Rabbinical Assembly
    • Union for Reform Judaism
    • Unitarian Universalist Association
    • United Church of Christ – Justice and Witness Covenanted Ministry
    • United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
    • United Methodist Church – United Methodist Women
    • United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
    • World Sikh Council – American Region
  • Rev. James Coen - Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, Oak Ridge, New Jersey
  • Rev. Vernon Williams - Perfect Peace Ministry, New York, New York
  • Pastor Harry Eberts - Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Rabbi Michael Ungar - Congregation Tifereth Israel, Columbus, Ohio
  • Imam Makram N. El-Amin - Mosque Masjid An Nur, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Chairperson and Rev. James McIntire – Heeding God’s Call, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Rev. Jesse L. Jackson - Chicago Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Chicago, Illinois
  • Rabbi Howard Apothaker (OH)
  • Reverend Andrew Miller, Bishop of Milwaukee (WI)
  • Reverend Gene Savoy, Jr. (NV)

    Prosecutors

    The prosecutors we entrust with putting criminals behind bars say that overriding state laws that govern who can carry a concealed gun would make it more difficult to do their jobs.

    Washington has no business meddling with state requirements on training, age, criminal records and other criteria for getting a concealed carry permit.

    Holding criminals accountable is the key to maintaining public safety. Congress should leave it up to the states to determine what’s best for their communities:

    • “This federal preemption would create significant difficulties for law enforcement officers by undermining state and municipal laws. State and local law enforcement are in the best position to determine what criminal justice polices work best.”

    -David LaBahn, President and CEO of the American Prosecutors Association

    Prosecutor organizations and leaders opposed to this legislation include:

    • National Organizations
      • Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
      • American Bar Association
    • California: Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
    • Iowa: Attorney General Tom Miller
    • Minnesota: Minneapolis Office of the City Attorney Susan Segal 
    • Minnesota: Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
    • New York: New York State District Attorney's Association
    • New York: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
    • New York: New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
    • New York: Former New York County District Attorney Robert Morris Morgenthau
    • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, PA District Attorney Seth Williams
    Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police

    Tell Washington:

    Don’t take away our right to keep our communities safe.

    I oppose efforts by politicians in Washington to override the decisions of local communities and police when it comes to carrying concealed, loaded guns in our state. Our lives are at stake – so honor our state’s laws.