Your View: Why Pennsylvania gun owners shouldn’t need a license to conceal carry

Your View: Why Pennsylvania gun owners shouldn’t need a license to conceal carry

Since 1968, the push for gun control — limiting the ownership of firearms and restricting the Second Amendment — has been done under the guise of making society safe. However, the accountability of exactly how these measures achieve that is lacking. Let’s clear the air as to how heavily regulated Pennsylvanians are when it comes to purchase, possession and carry of a firearm (concealed or openly). Anti-gun groups rate Pennsylvania as the 11th most restrictive state in the nation . Yet they demand and support even more gun control laws — 59 introduced this session — that prosecutors too frequently plea bargain away. Kim Stolfer (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) The Pennsylvania Legislature is considering a bill that proposes eliminating the need to get a license to conceal carry a firearm. In 1988, I was involved with the passage of Act 158 (SB 245 ), Pennsylvania’s current license to carry a concealed firearm law. I will provide some clarity as to why Constitutional Carry ( HB 659 / SB 565 ) and the elimination of the requirement of a license to carry is an important upgrade to the safety of all citizens. Pennsylvania law, Title 18-Section 6109 , provides specific requirements for government to follow in issuing a license to carry. However, during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, many issuing authorities stopped or severely limited the issuance to citizens of both new and renewal licenses to carry. It is a crime for government not to follow the law (section 6119) . According to […]

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