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.
August 11, 2010 |
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.
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)
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.
February 9, 2013 |
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.
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)
February 8, 2013 |
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.