Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Councilman Wants to Close Florida Gun Loophole

Councilman Darrell Clarke today introduced legislation in City Council that would attempt to close the so-called “Florida gun loophole.”

Councilman Wants to Close Florida Gun Loophole

Councilman Darrell Clarke today introduced legislation in City Council that would attempt to close the so-called “Florida gun loophole.”

The legislation would require people carrying concealed weapons in the city to have a permit from the state of Pennsylvania.

“It’s clearly something that is common sense and we should do at the local level,” Clarke said.

Currently, a Pennsylvania resident can obtain a nonresident permit to carry a concealed weapon through the mail from another state, even without a permit in Pennsylvania. The loophole is unpopular with Philly cops because it allows those denied permits locally to get them elsewhere.

Clarke acknowledged that if this become law, it would likely be challenged in court, like other local gun legislation efforts. But he said he was confident this bill could withstand a challenge.

“We think this is more than reasonable,” Clarke said.

For a recent Daily News story on the “Florida loophole”click here.
 

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