Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Specter Opposes Relaxing Concealed Gun Permits

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan coalition of mayors, reports that Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter has decided to oppose legislation that would undermine Pennsylvania's authority to decide who is entitled to carry concealed weapons in this state. Under a proposal from Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), tacked on as some goofy amendment to a Defense Authorization bill, a person who has a concealed weapon permit in Florida = which authorizes gun permits to people convicted of impersonating police officers - would be able to carry here, where the law forbids permits to cop copycats.

Reading Mayor Tom McMahon, pointman for Pennsylvania's Mayors Against Illegal Guns, calls the Thune Amendment a "detrimental step backward in our continuing effort to reduce gun violence in PA." He adds, “This is a States’ Rights issue, not a gun rights issue."

The Senate may vote on this proposal today, even though Thune has been denied a committee hearing. Republicans and some conservative Democrats appear to support what amounts to a nationalization of gun permits.

Specter himself released the following statement: “From my own experience growing up in Kansas and being District Attorney of Philadelphia, I know states need to prescribe their own rules for carrying a concealed deadly weapon. This is the essence of federalism. My vote against the Thune Amendment will not limit the constitutional rights of hunters and gun owners. Pennsylvania already recognizes concealed carry permits from 24 other states where their laws are similar.”

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! A Democrat who wants to limit your ability to defend yourself when traveling to other states. Shocking!

Anonymous said...

Current gun laws are primarily designed to manage crime in urban areas (i.e. manage minority gun use).

The overwhelming majority of law abiding minorities have been left defenseless in increasingly dangerous neighborhoods. Law abiding whites with means simply moved out.

Current gun laws are similar to current drug laws. All are designed to keep "darkies" in their neighborhoods and not threatening to whites.

Liberals ain't always so touchy feely - especially when it comes to protecting their families from "those people."

Anonymous said...

Bernie, did you see the article on the Morning Call that it seems definite John C. from Bethlehem will run against Dent?

Would love to hear your thoughts on this and if he has a chance.

ironpigpen said...

"I am not familiar with that part of the bill"

BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, the smartest President in the History of the United States

When asked a point blank question by a reporter regarding HR BILL 3200 Section 102, "Is that true?"

HURRY, HURRY, HURRY

RUSH, RUSH, RUSH

OBAMA IS A TOTAL LIAR AND FRAUD

Time to wake up, sleepy heads

DID YOU SEE THE USA TODAY O'Hare, yesterday?

Obama comes in 10th of 12 Post-War Presidents rated after 6 MONTHS

What do you think about that, O'Hare?

Republican poll, say.

Speedreader said...

I read your title fast and thought it said, "Specter Opposes Relaxing"

Bernie O'Hare said...

Speedreader, he does oppose that, too.

Ironpigpen. One word. Valium.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Bernie, did you see the article on the Morning Call that it seems definite John C. from Bethlehem will run against Dent?"

It will be interesting if it happens. They are both very good.

Alfred E. Spewman said...

Reducing gun violence in PA starts with making sure everyone is armed.

This will not only thin the herd (The thugs won't last very long against the law-abiding citizens who will educate themselves and learn how to use their guns) but also increase regional IQ by at least 15 points.

People want the US to be more like Europe so let's follow Switzerland's example. Arm everyone.

Since banning guns doesn't work, let's try a different approach.

Steve said...

Specter is done! He is ahead by only one point in the latest poll, 45%-44 over Toomey. That is way down from middle June when he had a 11 point lead, 50%-39. I will bet everything I own that Toomey wins this election getting over 52% of the vote!