Dear Editor,

Concealed Carry Reciprocity is Wrong for New Jersey

A few years back, several national retail chains made headlines when they implemented "No Firearms Allowed" policies. These chains include Chipotle, Target, and Starbucks, among others.

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Here in NJ, we didn't pay as much attention because the news didn't feel quite as relevant to our daily lives. NJ's concealed carry requirements are strict and result in fewer firearms in public places.

The benefits of NJ law are clear -- our home state has among the lowest levels of gun violence in the country. We have been spared many dangerous parking lot altercations and accidental or negligent firearm discharges that other states contend with frequently.

On December 6, the House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. Supporters of this bill included Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ-11). This legislation would, if it proceeds through the Senate and is signed into law, force NJ to recognize the concealed carry permits of other states -- states with far weaker, or non-existent, policies governing concealed carry permitting.

NJ business operators, law enforcement, and residents should beware!

Concealed carry reciprocity would exponentially increase the number of people walking around our state and into our businesses with concealed firearms. New Jerseyans must ask Senators Booker and Menendez to continue to vocally and forcefully oppose this dangerous legislation. Please join this fight to ensure that states' rights and common sense prevail. Don’t wait until your only recourse is to order your own "No Firearms Allowed" signs and pray for the best.

Mandi Perlmutter

Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement

National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section