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Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Does it Again!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Crucial Opportunity Must Be Taken!

Late yesterday, Philadelphia’s City Council passed Legislative File 100722, a measure to close the so-called “Florida Gun Loophole” by a 17 to 0 vote.  LF 100722 states that Philadelphia will not recognize out-of-state carry licenses held by Pennsylvania residents, unless the individual also holds a Pennsylvania concealed carry license.  This proposal not only violates Pennsylvania’s state firearms preemption but also potentially turns law-abiding gun-owners who are living and traveling in Philadelphia into criminals.

 

Contrary to what is being suggested there is no “Florida Gun Loophole.”  This fictional term makes it sound like anyone who applies for an out-of-state concealed carry permit is committing a crime.  This is not the case.  Florida and other states that allow non-residents to apply for a concealed carry permit must follow the state’s concealed carry law.  For example, Florida requires applicants to submit fingerprints, provide proof of competency with a firearm, pass a criminal and mental health background check and pay the appropriate fee.  In fact, the Pennsylvania Senate voted down a similar measure last year.

 

According to local news reports LF 100722 will be recalled and amended with undisclosed language and reconsidered at the next city council meeting on February 17.  We must take advantage of this opportunity to stop LF 100722 by flooding calls into the Philadelphia City Council and your state legislators urging them to OPPOSE LF 100722.  Let them know that LF 100722 doesn’t stop criminals it only turns law-abiding Pennsylvanians into criminals.  Also, urge your family, friends and fellow gun owners to call the city council and their state legislators to OPPOSE LF 100722. 

 

If you are a resident of Philadelphia, it is crucial that you call the Mayor and your District AND At-Large city council members TODAY and urge him or her to oppose LF 100722.

 

Call your state legislators today and urge him or her to help stop the unwarranted attacks by the Philadelphia City Council.  For contact information or help identifying your state legislator, please click here.

 

The law-abiding citizens of Philadelphia need your help!

 

MAYOR

Mayor Michael Nutter

City Hall, Room 116

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 686-3000

 

CITY COUNCIL BY DISTRICT:

District 1 - Councilman Frank DiCicco

City Hall, Room 332

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3458, (215) 686-3459

Fax: (215) 686-1931

 

District 2 - Council President Anna Verna

City Hall, Room 405

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3412, (215) 686-3413

Fax: (215) 686-1932

 

District 3 - Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

City Hall, Room 408

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3418, (215) 686-3419

Fax: (215) 686-1933

 

District 4 - Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.

City Hall, Room 404

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3416, (215) 686-3417

Fax: (215) 686-1934

 

District 5 - Councilman Darrell Clarke

City Hall, Room 484

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3442, (215) 686-3443

Fax: (215) 686-1901

 

District 6 - Councilwoman Joan L. Krajewski

City Hall, Room 591

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3444, (215) 686-3445

Fax: (215) 686-1935

 

District 7 - Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez

City Hall, Room 592

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3448, (215) 686-3449

Fax: (215) 686-1936

 

District 8 - Councilwoman Donna Miller

City Hall, Room 312

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3424, (215) 686-3425

Fax: (215) 686-1937

 

District 9 - Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco

City Hall, Room 577

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3454, (215) 686-3455

Fax: (215) 686-1938

 

District 10 - Councilman Brian J. O'Neill

City Hall, Room 562

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3422, (215) 686-3423

Fax: (215) 686-1939

 

 

CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS-AT-LARGE

Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.

City Hall, Room 316

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 686-3414, (215) 686-3415

Fax: (215) 686-1928

 

Councilman William K. Greenlee

City Hall, Room 580

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3446, (215) 686-3447

Fax: (215) 686-1927

 

Councilman Bill Green

City Hall, Room 599

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3420, (215) 686-3421

Fax: (215) 686-1930

 

Councilman Jack Kelly

City Hall, Room 594

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3452, (215) 686-3453

Fax: (215) 686-1925

 

Councilman James Kenney

City Hall, Room 330

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3450,  (215) 686-3451

Fax: (215) 686-2013

 

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown

City Hall, Room 581

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 686-3438, (215) 686-3439

Fax: (215) 686-1926

 

Councilman Frank Rizzo, Jr.

City Hall, Room 582

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290

(215) 686-3440

Fax: (215) 686-1929

 

IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

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