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Philly Lawmakers Attempt To Block Fla. Gun-Carry Loophole

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A City Council committee Tuesday okayed a measured aimed at closing the so-called “Florida gun loophole” in Philadelphia. The sponsor admits, though, that a court challenge is likely.

Now, Philadelphia residents who are denied a gun permit by the state of Pennsylvania can go online and obtain a permit from the state of Florida — which issues permits to non-residents.

Everett Gillison, Philadelphia’s deputy mayor for public safety, testified in support of a new bill that would close the loophole here:

“It would not permit Pennsylvanians who are not licensed in Pennsylvania to use licenses obtained in other states, to justify carrying a concealed weapon in Philadelphia.”

But the author of the legislation, Councilman Darrell Clarke, readily admitted that gun advocates will challenge the measure if it is signed into law.

The NRA has in the past sued over the city’s ability to pass its own gun legislation.  Clarke joked about that likelihood, telling Gillison, “Look forward to being with you in court again.”

Reported by KYW Newsradio City Hall Bureau Chief Mike Dunn.

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