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Kurt Eichenwald Biography

Senior Writer at Newsweek
Pro to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"

“[A]nyone who wants to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon should be given one. All states allow for concealed carry, but many states – like California, New Jersey and Maryland – have what are called ‘may issue’ statutes, meaning people who qualify for a license might not be allowed to receive one. In some states, it’s up to county officials to decide who gets to carry a gun inside his or her coat. Here’s reality: A criminal or disturbed person will carry a concealed weapon, licensed or not. Under the universal background check system, anyone walking into a state office seeking a concealed carry permit has already been screened; there’s no reason to deny that person a license if he or she meets the additional requirements.”

“Americans Don’t Have the Right to Bear Just Any Arms,”, July 16, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Writer, Newsweek, Oct. 2013-present
  • Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair, 2012-present
  • Author, Simon & Schuster, 2011-present
  • President, Informant Media, Aug. 2006-present
  • Senior Writer, Portfolio, Oct. 2006-Aug. 2007
  • Investigative Reporter and Senior Writer, New York Times, June 1995-Oct. 2006
  • Financial Reporter and Columnist, New York Times, 1988-1995
  • News Clerk, New York Times, 1986-1988
  • Associate Editor, National Journal, 1986
  • News Clerk, New York Times, 1985-1986
  • Writer and Researcher, Election and Survey unit, CBS News, 1984-1985
  • BA, Political Science, Swarthmore College, 1983
  • Twitter: @kurteichenwald
  • Recipient, George Polk award for Excellence in Journalism, 1996 and 1998
  • Born in New York, NY on June 28, 1961
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