PA Police Stop Issuing Permits, Arrest Firearm Owners Without Licenses, But Delay Arresting Burglars

Pennsylvania Police have stopped issuing carry permits for gun owners while the number of firearm purchases has risen due to the outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus. Firearm owners without carry licenses bear the risk of arrest for bearing firearms. The police department is also delaying the arrest of various crimes, including theft and burglary. However, arrests of people carrying guns without a license are still taking place.

The Firearms Owners Against Crime president Kim Stolfer said that halting the licensing process was unconstitutional.

“It’s illegal. There is no provision in the law allowing it,” Stolfer said. “If you want to defend yourself, you can’t do it unless you have a license to carry, and if you can’t get a license to carry you essentially have no right to defend yourself.”

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Over five police departments in Pennsylvania have already wrapped up the licensing process because of the risk posed by the disease. The affected counties include Montgomery, Allegheny, Lackawanna, Erie, Monroe, Somerset, and Washington counties. According to the Philadelphia police spokesman, Inspector Sekou Kinebrew, the city halted the firearm’s licensing process on Tuesday last week. Kinebrew added that the closure was indefinite because it was hard to predict how long it would take to get the virus under control.

Gun shops are in the process of closing after Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency order directed all businesses to close except life-sustaining ones. However, gun shops are still conducting background checks, while the background checks system is still open. Gun store owners have vowed to continue selling as long as the system remains open. The background checks system crashed because of the increased number of requests, which have quadrupled within one month. The state has reported its second death from COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.

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