Philadelphia Police Commissioner Ramsey testified before Congress this morning as a witness before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security under the House Committee for the Judiciary, according to the Philadelphia Police Department.
The Commissioner serves as the President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and testified against the proposed bill, H.R. 822 (National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011).
In his testimony, Commissioner Ramsey said H.R. 822 “would eliminate the right that states now have to set their own public safety laws, in consultation with law enforcement professionals.”
Commissioner Ramsey says the legislation is not aligned with the vision for the future of policing, “it is counter to what the field of law enforcement needs to create safer neighborhoods, towns and cities.”
According to Ramsey, “the federal government, under this bill, would compel every state to honor every other state’s permit to carry concealed, loaded guns – no matter how different their standards and criteria for securing a permit.”
You can read Commissioner Ramsey’s entire testimony by clicking here and then downloading the file.