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November 23, 2009
RE STU Bykofsky's "Your Home, Your Castle" column (Nov. 19): If HB 40 passes, critics fear wild gunfire on the streets. This ignorant theory is brought up every time a state passes a concealed-carry law. When they passed concealed-carry in Kansas, opinions in the Wichita Eagle expressed fear of "gunfire in the streets and in the bars. " That was three years ago. Hasn't happened yet. In fact, no honest statistics can point to a rise in violent crimes due to a concealed-carry bill going into law. They will instead point to a decrease.
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August 11, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
The audience was armed - literally - at a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Upper Darby yesterday to examine a loophole in the state's concealed-weapons laws. From short, pudgy, middle-aged men to young, slim ones, gun-rights advocates came packing heat to the hearing about what's become known as the "Florida loophole. " Under Pennsylvania's firearms-reciprocity agreements, the state must recognize "concealed-carry" licenses from certain other states, and vice versa. The "loophole" is that three of those states - Florida, Utah and New Hampshire - allow out-of state residents to get licenses in their state and through the mail, even if their state has denied them a license or revoked it. Of the three states, police say that Florida is the biggest problem - it has issued more than 3,100 out-of-state permits to Pennsylvania residents.
NEWS
June 23, 2010
WHO should issue permits to carry concealed weapons in Pennsylvania: Local police departments or . . . the Florida Department of Agriculture? If you picked local law enforcement, you might want to invest in a bulletproof vest. A loophole allows individuals who have been turned down in Pennsylvania to get permits from three other states, including Florida, and to carry locally. Pennsylvania has reciprocal concealed-carry agreements with almost 20 other states. If you can carry here, you can carry a weapon when in those other states (and vice versa)
NEWS
November 28, 2011
By Chris W. Cox Thanks to the hard work of National Rifle Association members, gun owners, and freedom-loving patriots nationwide, Americans are now one step closer to strengthening our fundamental right to self-defense. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 822) by a majority, bipartisan vote of 272 to 154. The act would allow any American citizen with a valid, state-issued concealed-carry permit to exercise his right to carry a firearm in any state that affords the same right to its own residents.
NEWS
May 27, 2009
FURTHERMORE ... Right to bear arms, even in national parks Currently, 40 states have "shall issue" concealed-carry gun-permit laws on the books. Applicants who are non-felons and have no mental- health prohibitions will most likely be granted a permit to carry a firearm in those states ("Vote allows national park visitors to bring guns," Thursday). The paranoid anti-gun campaign believes that hikers would somehow be safer from a lawbreaker pointing an AK-47 at them on a hiking trail if the draconian feel-good prohibition against arms in national parks had not been (rightfully)
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | BY ANGELO FICHERA, Daily News Staff Writerfichera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5913
For about 4,000 Pennsylvians who obtained a concealed-carry permit through the so-called "Florida loophole," time's up. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Friday announced a new agreement with Florida that closes the controversial rule that allowed Pennsylvanians to send for a permit through the mail. Under the revised "reciprocity agreement," those holding Florida concealed-carry permits in Pennsylvania must now be legal residents of Florida. About 900 residents hold such permits in Philadelphia.
NEWS
February 9, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The days when a Pennsylvania resident can legally carry a concealed firearm using a Florida permit appear to be coming to an end. "The Florida loophole is officially closed in the state of Pennsylvania," Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Friday as she stood beside Mayor Nutter and other city leaders in North Philadelphia. Her words drew cheers from the crowd but were received less warmly among Republicans in Harrisburg. Since September 2001, Pennsylvania and Florida have had a reciprocity agreement that required Pennsylvania to recognize all of Florida's concealed-carry permits.
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February 10, 2013 | BY ANGELO FICHERA, Daily News Staff Writer fichera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5913
FOR ABOUT 4,000 Pennsylvians who obtained a concealed-carry permit through the so-called "Florida loophole," time's up. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Friday announced that Florida has agreed to close a controversial policy allowing Pennsylvanians to obtain a gun permit through the mail. Under the revised reciprocity agreement, those holding Florida concealed-carry permits in Pennsylvania must now be legal residents of Florida. About 900 residents hold such permits in Philadelphia.
NEWS
February 10, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The days when a Pennsylvania resident can legally carry a concealed firearm using a Florida permit appear to be coming to an end. "The Florida loophole is officially closed in the state of Pennsylvania," Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Friday as she stood beside Mayor Nutter and other city leaders in North Philadelphia. Her words drew cheers from the crowd but were received less warmly among Republicans in Harrisburg. Since September 2001, Pennsylvania and Florida have had a reciprocity agreement that required Pennsylvania to recognize all of Florida's concealed-carry permits.
NEWS
December 13, 2012 | By Don Babwin and John O'Connor, Associated Press
CHICAGO - In a major victory for gun-rights advocates, a federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois - the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal - and gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that legalizes it. In overturning a lower-court decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said the ban was unconstitutional and suggested a law legalizing concealed...
NEWS
December 10, 2011
First, democracy The Occupy movement was a reminder heard around the world that people in the United States are blessed with the freedom to speak out when they see injustice. And people listened. Last Sunday, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County held a special congregational meeting to determine whether we, as a congregation, would sign a letter of support of the Occupy movement. We needed at least one-third of our members to attend; we surpassed that. We needed 75 percent of those in attendance to vote in favor; everyone voted their support.
NEWS
November 28, 2011
By Chris W. Cox Thanks to the hard work of National Rifle Association members, gun owners, and freedom-loving patriots nationwide, Americans are now one step closer to strengthening our fundamental right to self-defense. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 822) by a majority, bipartisan vote of 272 to 154. The act would allow any American citizen with a valid, state-issued concealed-carry permit to exercise his right to carry a firearm in any state that affords the same right to its own residents.
NEWS
August 11, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
The audience was armed - literally - at a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Upper Darby yesterday to examine a loophole in the state's concealed-weapons laws. From short, pudgy, middle-aged men to young, slim ones, gun-rights advocates came packing heat to the hearing about what's become known as the "Florida loophole. " Under Pennsylvania's firearms-reciprocity agreements, the state must recognize "concealed-carry" licenses from certain other states, and vice versa. The "loophole" is that three of those states - Florida, Utah and New Hampshire - allow out-of state residents to get licenses in their state and through the mail, even if their state has denied them a license or revoked it. Of the three states, police say that Florida is the biggest problem - it has issued more than 3,100 out-of-state permits to Pennsylvania residents.
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