Readers React: Gun permit rules should include training, drug testing

Readers React: Gun permit rules should include training, drug testing

I am a Democrat and also a supporter of the Second Amendment. I own several guns and have a conceal carry permit. When I went to the courthouse years ago to get my permit, I was amazed that in Pennsylvania not only do you not have to take a training course to carry a concealed weapon for safety purposes, but you don’t even need to take a drug test. I believe people have the right to defend themselves, but this also comes with the responsibly to your fellow citizen. In many states, you must complete a safety training course before you get a carry permit. With the opioid crisis we have in this country, it only makes sense to have drug testing if you want to carry a concealed weapon. A bill now before the Pennsylvania Legislature that would allow anyone to carry a concealed weapon without a concealed carry license makes no sense at all. The Legislature bars citizens from coming into the state Capitol with weapons, yet they tell us this does not violate the Second Amendment. Every citizen should be afforded the protection our elected officials get.

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