The latter issue is specious because the guns imported for criminal use into New York are invariably carried by individuals who don’t and can’t get a permit in any state. The straw purchasers are in violation of federal laws before they resell the firearms to the felon who transports them to New York. The people who might enter New York with permitted handguns, however, are almost never felons and all objective studies on the subject demonstrate that these permit holders commit less crime than any other segment of the adult population.Even were this wasn’t the case, Article 6, Section 2 of our Constitution reads: “The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens of the several states.” Section 2 was further clarified by the XIV amendment: “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”These two portions of the Constitution have been found by the courts to require all states to honor driver’s licenses and marriage licenses issued in state X, even though state law bars the licensee from receiving such a license in state Y. Should the Senate fail to approve this legislation, the above demonstrates that, though it may require a review by the Supreme Court, that court will ultimately require that handgun permits, like marriage licenses, must be honored by all the states. That decision might be preferable to the pending legislation because it would also require New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C., to honor permits from other jurisdictions.Art HenningsonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Earlier in December, The Gazette railed against the bill which passed in Congress requiring the states to honor handgun permits issued by other states.The opinion alluded to varying standards for permit issuance and the fact that many of the firearms used by criminals were from other states.