Following the harrowing shooting attack on Congressman Steve Scalise and others at a Congressional baseball game on Wednesday, Rep. Chris Collins (R., N.Y.), a strong supporter of gun rights, told WKBW-TV he will carry his 9-millimeter handgun at future public events.
Collins stated, "You look at the vulnerability. I can assure you from this day forward, I have a carry permit. I will be carrying when I'm out and about, which I have to tell you, I have not been even though I have a carry permit at home."
WKBW reporter Ali Touhey asked, "You wouldn't carry prior to this event. Is that what you're saying?" asked him.
Collins replied, “Oh, on a rare occasion I would have my gun in the glove box, or something, but it’s gonna be in my pocket from this day forward.”
Collins co-sponsored H.R.197 in 2009, which authorized a person who had a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state and who was not prohibited from carrying a firearm under federal law to carry a concealed firearm in another state in accordance with the restrictions of that state or was specified under the act.
After the Sandy Hook shooting, Collins responded to former President Barack Obama’s efforts toward gun control by saying:
As a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, I am very concerned about the President’s proposals. My father taught me the lessons of responsible gun ownership and I know that is a story shared by many NY-27 residents and gun owners all across America. It is not the job of the federal government to tell responsible gun owners how to live their lives nor is it the job of the federal government to dictate gun control legislation down onto the states. The administration should not force through gun control legislation that tramples the rights of responsible gun owners as an emotional reaction to recent tragedies. The proposals being advanced today by the President would have done nothing to prevent the massacre in Newtown, CT or the ambush in Webster, NY.
Collins hails from Amherst, New York, which in 2013 was ranked the eighth-safest city in the country of cities with a population between 100,000 and 500,000 people.