Manhattan DA: National Reciprocity ‘Is a Gift’ to the Islamic State

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. used an August 23 CNN op-ed to claim national reciprocity for law-abiding citizens “is a gift” to the Islamic State.

He suggests the Islamic State must certainly support national reciprocity because it would allow them to “purchase multiple handguns at a gun show, take those guns into Manhattan and carry them, fully loaded, into Times Square.” He lamented that nothing they did would “be a crime until they started shooting.”

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A couple of points need to be made: First, Vance’s scenario is false. National reciprocity has nothing to do with buying guns, period. Secondly, even if his scenario were true, why would Islamic State members go through all this trouble when they have already demonstrated how easily they can buy guns via background checks and waiting periods, then use those guns to attack innocents?

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