Causer co-sponsoring ‘permitless carry’ bill for firearms

Causer co-sponsoring ‘permitless carry’ bill for firearms

CAUSER A bill in the state House of Representatives would remove the requirement that law-abiding citizens obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm in Pennsylvania. The bill would provide a new system for concealed carrying of firearms for Pennsylvania’s citizens, referred to as permitless or Constitutional carry. “The premise is that a law-abiding citizen has a constitutional right to carry a firearm and protect themselves,” explained state Rep. Martin Causer, R-Turtlepoint, a co-sponsor of the bill, “and should not have to jump through hoops to get a permit to carry. “Basically what this bill does is affirm that constitutional right. You can already openly carry in Pennsylvania without a permit,” Causer explained. The first level of the bill would no longer require law-abiding citizens to obtain a permit to carry a firearm concealed in the Commonwealth. It allows an individual over 21 years of age who has passed a criminal background check upon purchase of a firearm to legally carry a handgun concealed without first having to obtain government permission. The second level provides citizens the ability to obtain an optional License to Carry a Firearm (LTCF) permit that is valid throughout Pennsylvania and would provide for carrying firearms in other states. Currently, 32 states recognize Pennsylvania’s LTCFs or a reciprocity agreement is in effect. New York is not one of those states. “The question I get is what about New York state,” Causer said. “Our people would like to be able to carry in New York.” However, […]

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