Recalling his experience as mayor of Paterson, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) took to the House floor to oppose the Personal Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, H.R. 822. The legislation would force states to recognize a concealed carry permit issued by any other state, regardless of whether an individual meets both states minimum requirements to obtain a permit.
"In these difficult economic times, we are already asking our law enforcement officers to do more with less funding and manpower. H.R. 822 only increases their burden. As a former Mayor, I have witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of handguns in our communities and the struggles of law enforcement to combat this problem," said Pascrell, a lifelong resident of Paterson. "Today, the numbers remain chilling. Despite our best efforts, nearly 100,000 people are killed by guns every year--over 260 people per day. This results in $100 billion annually in medical, security and criminal justice costs."