Another Florida Loophole Bill…Passed in Council
While you were out enjoying your sunny Thursday afternoon, sitting at a TGI-Irish bar near the open windows (if you were lucky, that is), City Council was working, man! They once again passed a bill that would close the Florida loophole. As per WHYY, this new bill, while similar to the one passed on February 3, will not only allow Councilman Clarke to stay in the headlines, but has the added bonus of “technical amendments,” — it’d still keep Philadelphia residents from “using a Florida gun permit obtained through the mail to carry a concealed weapon here.” This bill would require that all people carrying concealed firearms in Philadelphia hold a Pennsylvania license.
A court challenge is expected and Clarke said he “looks forward to our day in court” against the NRA. Newsworks:
Temple Law Professor David Kairys says he thinks it’s possible this proposal could withstand a court challenge. Kairys says the fact that the scope of the law is limited to concealed weapons makes it more likely to survive. In addition, council has passed one gun law that has yet to be struck down. That law requires city residents to report lost or stolen handguns.
That written, the professor says the Republican-led state legislature could overturn the local law, similar to when they demanded we keep assault weapons on the streets, since those are necessary.