Philly Residents Use Florida Gun Permits Here

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The Daily News reports that Philly residents who are denied gun permits here are obtaining them in Florida -- and that those permits must be honored here. "Pennsylvania's firearms reciprocity agreements require the state to recognize permits from 24 other states that have permit laws as strict or stricter than its own and that those states, in turn, recognize Pennsylvania weapons permits. Among the states covered, there are three - Florida, Utah and New Hampshire - that allow out-of-state residents to get permits even if they don't qualify or apply for permits in their home state. Locally, though, it's become known as the "Florida loophole" because that's where most of the out-of-state permits are coming from, according to police and prosecutors. Brian Grady, deputy of the Special Operations Division of the Philadelphia D.A.'s office, said that prosecutors come across Florida permits issued to Philadelphia residents whose permits have been revoked "more frequently than we would care to." "I don't have a running number of how many of these occur, but when they do, we can't prosecute them," he said."

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1. Rockstar said... on Feb 5, 2010 at 02:05PM

“If there as strict or stricter than our own in Pennsylvania how are they getting them in other states? I would go after the other states that are not following the rule as close as PA. The right to bear arms is our right only if you qualify. All of the states need to get on the same page and same data base.. Problem solved.. Thanks your next Mayor..”

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2. Anonymous said... on Feb 5, 2010 at 03:27PM

“What are the 24 other states that have reciprocity with PA?”

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3. Anonymous said... on Sep 21, 2010 at 08:21AM

“Alaska Arizona Arkansas Colorado Florida Georgia Idaho Indiana Kentucky Louisiana Michigan Missouri Montana New Hampshire North Carolina North Dakota Oklahoma South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Virginia West Virginia and Wyoming are honored by Pennsylvania. Philly denies licenses for "reasons of its own" and a small number of residents who are denied for dubious reasons do get Florida licenses. Florida requires training, fingerprints (for an FBI background check), and is much more expensive. Most PA residents with a FL license, like myself, have it in addition to a PA license -- due to their tougher requirements a FL license is good in states that do not accept PA's license, including Delaware and Ohio.”

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4. Anonymous said... on Sep 21, 2010 at 08:25AM

“All of those states require an FBI criminal background check before issuing their licenses. Florida also requires formal gun safety training which Pennsylvania does not require. Maybe the problem is that the City is not issuing LTCF as required by State law and it is the City who is violating the law!”

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5. Anonymous said... on Sep 21, 2010 at 09:04AM

“"ey Yo, Jamal, lets go rob the corner store and shoot a cop in a face!"

"nah dawg, my carry permit was revoked in Philly, we can't commit crimes until my Florida permit comes in the mail"

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6. Anonymous said... on Sep 21, 2010 at 11:56PM

“I don't have a running number of how many of these occur, but when they do, we can't prosecute them," he said.".............. prosecute them for what? what did they do illegal?”

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7. hasan said... on Mar 2, 2011 at 07:23PM

“florida is stricter then philly anyway and with philly they would denie you for child support are even if you owe traffic court its just the city of philly”

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