Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Pa. AG Kathleen Kane right to close concealed-carry ‘Fla. loophole’

by  |  published on February 1, 2013

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has made a sensible start as the state’s top law enforcement official, merely by listening to local elected officials who oversee local police departments.

On Friday, Kane announced an updated reciprocity agreement with Florida that formerly allowed Pennsylvanians to apply by mail for a concealed firearm permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Commerce.

That means Pennsylvanians deemed unfit to carry a concealed firearm will no longer be able to duck the consequences of their actions by exploiting a loophole that should have never existed in the first place.

Under the revised agreement, Pennsylvanians with a Florida permit face a 120-day deadline to obtain a concealed-carry permit from Pennsylvania, if they can. Permits held by Florida residents or those with dual residency must be accompanied by proof of residency.

Kane’s office says about 4,000 Pennsylvanians possess Florida-issued concealed carry permits, not exactly a huge number. But it’s the principle here that matters.

Pennsylvanians who lose their right to carry a concealed firearm – typically by being charged with or convicted of a serious or violent crime – should not be able to invalidate the judgment of Pennsylvania authorities with appeals to a different state.

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