Pa. legislators set to pass concealed carry without a gun permit. Will it become law?

Pa. legislators set to pass concealed carry without a gun permit. Will it become law?

A bill that would allow Pennsylvanians to carry a concealed handgun without a permit could soon be up for a vote in the state House. State Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Lawrence County, introduced House Bill 659 on May 17, and it was passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on May 25 in a 14-11 mostly partisan vote. State Rep. Todd Stephens, a former Montgomery County assistant district attorney, was the only Republican on the committee to vote against the bill. At a gun rights rally organized by state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler County, on Monday at the state Capitol, Bernstine said his bill could be voted on by the House as soon as Tuesday. But the bill, even if it passes the GOP-led Legislature, is not expected to become law. Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, vowed Monday to veto it, and the Legislature would likely not have the votes to override him. In a statement after the legislation passed the Judiciary Committee, Bernstine contended the current process for a concealed carry permit is a “duplicative abuse” of Second Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution. “House Bill 659 defends the rights of the citizens in our commonwealth,” Bernstine said. “Those Pennsylvanians who follow the law each day should not be punished or hindered if they choose to carry a firearm.” Bernstine’s law would allow those age 21 and over who have passed a criminal background check to buy a gun to legally carry a concealed handgun without a permit. There […]

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