Brown opposes NRA concealed weapons bill
WASHINGTON — Senator Scott Brown said he plans to vote against an NRA-backed bill that would, in effect, nationalize rules allowing the carrying of concealed weapons by taking away some authority from states to regulate guns.
In a letter to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Brown reiterated his support for “the individual right to keep and bear arms,” but also said that “individual states should be allowed to decide what constitutes safe and responsible gun ownership so long as it does not violate that basic constitutional right.”
The National Rifle Association supported Brown’s campaign for the US Senate and Brown’s opposition to the House bill would be a break with his NRA benefactors.
Such a law “would obligate states like Massachusetts to recognize the concealed carry permits of other states, even if the bearer of that permit does not meet the requirements established by Massachusetts to receive such a concealed carry permit,” Brown wrote in his letter to Menino.
Brown, a Republican, said he would vote “no” on the bill or similar legislation if it came before the Senate.
When that would occur is not entirely clear. The GOP-led House has yet to vote on the measure, which cleared the Judiciary Committee two weeks ago.
Brown’s letter was in apparent response to one sent by the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association, which called on Brown to oppose the measure.
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