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Gerry Clinchy
07-26-2009, 08:10 PM
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-whiteboxnw5sf6orik89.6968719jul26,0,2880232.column

This local writer might be called a "liberal" on many issues, but I might call him "independent".

This writer explains why he now supports gun rights, when he once supported gun control. His explanation is very sensible. He raises an interesting point about the Pennsylvania Constitution specifically forbidding gun control.

Arlen Specter voted against an amendment that would have provided a gun license that worked like a driver's license ... allowing that any state's license would be honored when a resident was visiting in another state.

YardleyLabs
07-26-2009, 08:58 PM
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-whiteboxnw5sf6orik89.6968719jul26,0,2880232.column

This local writer might be called a "liberal" on many issues, but I might call him "independent".

This writer explains why he now supports gun rights, when he once supported gun control. His explanation is very sensible. He raises an interesting point about the Pennsylvania Constitution specifically forbidding gun control.

Arlen Specter voted against an amendment that would have provided a gun license that worked like a driver's license ... allowing that any state's license would be honored when a resident was visiting in another state.
I enjoy Pennsylvania's right to carry law and am always irritated that I cannot take my guns to NJ. However, I do not think I would support the proposed amendment. The fact is that PA's law mandates that CC permits must be issued unless a legal basis for exclusion is found and communicated in writing within a matter of days. Limited and in some cases no information is readily available concerning facts that might disqualify a person from carrying a weapon and there are no standards at all with respect to knowledge of gun safety or laws concerning the use of guns. Less is required than would be needed to obtain a hunting license, to vote or to obtain a driver's license.

While Pennsylvanians may want this as their law (I kind of like it.), I do not believe other states should have to live with PA's lax standards. Personally, I would prefer to see a special class of license for interstate carry that required demonstrated knowledge of safe practices. I would also rather see such a law included in its own bill and debated on its own merits rather than attached to defense funding in a manner that prevents open discussion.

Marvin S
07-27-2009, 11:52 AM
I do not believe other states should have to live with PA's lax standards.

Curious - How does PA stack up statistically to those states that have strict standards? Please include names of states. ;)

YardleyLabs
07-27-2009, 12:29 PM
Curious - How does PA stack up statistically to those states that have strict standards? Please include names of states. ;)
I'm not sure what kind of statistics you are asking for or whether there is any reliable source for such information. There are lots of databases on state by state carry laws and reciprocity agreements. PA doesn't do very well in getting its permits tobe accepted by other states. The one interesting set of data I came across (can't vouch for the quality) comes from http://blogostuff.blogspot.com/2004/12/percentage-of-adults-with-carry.html. It summarizes the percentage of the population with carry permits:

Percent of Adults with a License to Carry in each Shall Issue State

7.45% South Dakota
6.79% Indiana
6.76% Pennsylvania
5.23% Connecticut
5.12% Washington
4.34% Idaho
4.10% Utah
3.86% Oregon
3.45% Tennessee
3.15% Alabama
2.72% Florida
2.71% Kentucky
2.67% Wyoming
2.41% Maine
2.18% Arkansas
2.11% Virginia
1.94% West Virginia
1.76% Arizona
1.75% Oklahoma
1.70% Montana
1.70% Michigan
1.62% Texas
1.39% South Carolina
1.34% North Dakota
1.00% North Carolina
0.86% Mississippi
0.62% Louisiana
0.58% Nevada
0.45% Minnesota
0.36% Missouri
0.33% Ohio
0.20% Colorado
0.17% New Mexico

My own experience with my first carry permit, received around 1990, was that it took five minutes to complete the application and I received the permit two weeks later. The permit was a photocopy of a portion of my application and contained no photo. My most recent permit was issued in 2005 and expires in 2010, cost $12, and includes a bad photocopy of my drivers license photo. It took about three minutes to apply for the renewal which arrived in the mail the same week. I have not purchased a new handgun for about three years. However, the last time I did, the total time from when I entered the store to when I left with a loaded pistol in my pocket was about 15 minutes. I showed my drivers license and paid cash. It would be interesting to know how that compares with other's experiences in their states.

dback
07-27-2009, 01:02 PM
Arizona recognizes all other states valid CCW permits and we have reciprocity agreements with 34 states that recognize ours. Until a couple of years ago we were required to take a two day course, 1 day class room and 1 day range/proficiency (8 hrs each). We are now required to take 1 day in total (4 hrs & 4 hrs). The card issued by Department of Public Safety requires FBI fingerprints and background checks, there is no photo but you MUST carry photo ID or you are in violation of the law. I have had people mistake the CCW card for LEO ID.

Tsangster
07-27-2009, 01:10 PM
Georgia:

- 30-45 minutes at the probate court (~$20)

- Up to 1 hour at the Sheriff's office getting finger printed (~$20 a month ago but just increased by $20 on 1 July)

- Permit arrives in a week to 10 days normally (vast improvement now that electronic fingerprinting is available).

- Permit is a laminated portion of the application completed at the SO (with print from index finger)

Gun purchase by permit holder requires no background check (as this was already completed by the PC and SO). My last purchase (March of this year) took the better part of an hour at Academy Sports.

Additional information on Georgia Firearms License found at georgiacarry.org.

badbullgator
07-27-2009, 01:19 PM
Arizona recognizes all other states valid CCW permits and we have reciprocity agreements with 34 states that recognize ours. Until a couple of years ago we were required to take a two day course, 1 day class room and 1 day range/proficiency (8 hrs each). We are now required to take 1 day in total (4 hrs & 4 hrs). The card issued by Department of Public Safety requires FBI fingerprints and background checks, there is no photo but you MUST carry photo ID or you are in violation of the law. I have had people mistake the CCW card for LEO ID.


Same here as far as reciprocity goes.
Fl you need a safety course (hunters, or CWP)
Cost is about $100 depending on what kind of fingerprints you get and what they charge for them (electronic vs old style)
It takes ???????????????? That is the million dollar question. They say it can take up to 90 days, but I know right now it is taking longer. I sent my renewal a while back and it took almost 90 days to get back.

dback
07-27-2009, 02:21 PM
It takes ???????????????? That is the million dollar question. They say it can take up to 90 days, but I know right now it is taking longer. I sent my renewal a while back and it took almost 90 days to get back.

Wow Corey....
We must have better bureaucrats than you....even though they say to allow 60 days for the permit arrival....I have always received mine within two weeks.

Marvin S
07-27-2009, 07:22 PM
I'm not sure what kind of statistics you are asking for or whether there is any reliable source for such information. There are lots of databases on state by state carry laws and reciprocity agreements. PA doesn't do very well in getting its permits tobe accepted by other states. The one interesting set of data I came across (can't vouch for the quality) comes from http://blogostuff.blogspot.com/2004/12/percentage-of-adults-with-carry.html. It summarizes the percentage of the population with carry permits:

Percent of Adults with a License to Carry in each Shall Issue State

7.45% South Dakota
6.79% Indiana
6.76% Pennsylvania
5.23% Connecticut
5.12% Washington
4.34% Idaho
4.10% Utah
3.86% Oregon
3.45% Tennessee
3.15% Alabama
2.72% Florida
2.71% Kentucky
2.67% Wyoming
2.41% Maine
2.18% Arkansas
2.11% Virginia
1.94% West Virginia
1.76% Arizona
1.75% Oklahoma
1.70% Montana
1.70% Michigan
1.62% Texas
1.39% South Carolina
1.34% North Dakota
1.00% North Carolina
0.86% Mississippi
0.62% Louisiana
0.58% Nevada
0.45% Minnesota
0.36% Missouri
0.33% Ohio
0.20% Colorado
0.17% New Mexico

My own experience with my first carry permit, received around 1990, was that it took five minutes to complete the application and I received the permit two weeks later. The permit was a photocopy of a portion of my application and contained no photo. My most recent permit was issued in 2005 and expires in 2010, cost $12, and includes a bad photocopy of my drivers license photo. It took about three minutes to apply for the renewal which arrived in the mail the same week. I have not purchased a new handgun for about three years. However, the last time I did, the total time from when I entered the store to when I left with a loaded pistol in my pocket was about 15 minutes. I showed my drivers license and paid cash. It would be interesting to know how that compares with other's experiences in their states.

Thanks - I was looking for the statistic that shows crime vs carry. I would have thought there to be more packers than that.

I'm one of the 5.12% in WA, got it locally, think it cost $25. Found there was something on my record that had existed since I was 18, untrue but still there. When you try to get someone to fess up to posting & eliminate it, bureaucratese takes over. So it took about 90 days & good for 5 years.

Got the permit for traveling, lots of strange people on the road, have a couple of shotguns around the house for the serious stuff. Would probably carry a shotgun, legal length, if I were in some parts of the country.

I look at it this way, if I'm somewhere there is not reciprocity I will still defend myself & hire a good lawyer. I generally have little desire to be in states that don't allow defense.

TCFarmer
07-27-2009, 08:29 PM
I'm one of the 5.12% in WA, got it locally, think it cost $25.

The price must have gone up, mine was $50, but only took a month to get. Done at the local sherriff's office, fill out a form and get fingerprinted. Your criminal and mental health background are checked.

WA recognizes the license from other states if
1) Your state doesn't issue permits to people under 21
2) Your state checks mental health and criminal background
3) Your state allows WA permit holders to carry

Here is a map that shows where you can carry, and who can carry in your state.

http://www.usacarry.com/concealed_carry_permit_reciprocity_maps.html

Jim Wetzler
07-28-2009, 09:03 AM
As a New York resident who hunts in Pennsylvania I carry a permit for both New York and PA.
It takes quite a bunch of money (100.00) minimum and time, (almost 12 months)
to legally get a permit in New York.
When applying in PA , the county clerk checked my NY permit, called the NY state police and issued it on the spot.
According to her, after all the hassle of getting on in NY there was no need to wait.
While PA recognizes other permits, NY does not.
Although I could probably go down to one of the side streets in Rochester and bypass all the crap and just get one illegal.......

badbullgator
07-28-2009, 09:42 AM
Wow Corey....
We must have better bureaucrats than you....even though they say to allow 60 days for the permit arrival....I have always received mine within two weeks.

More to the point
In 2007-2008 Florida issued 32,740 NEW permits
From July 1 2008-March 31 2009 66,378 NEW permits have been issued.
They are just a little over worked and thus they are taking a bit longer.

In the news today.....CWP holder kills robber who held a gun in his face before the CWP holder used good gun control and killed the dirtbag:D

dback
07-28-2009, 01:08 PM
More to the point
In 2007-2008 Florida issued 32,740 NEW permits
From July 1 2008-March 31 2009 66,378 NEW permits have been issued.
They are just a little over worked and thus they are taking a bit longer.

Very good point...if I get a few minutes I'll try to find similar time reference stats.


In the news today.....CWP holder kills robber who held a gun in his face before the CWP holder used good gun control and killed the dirtbag:D

Not politically correct, but....good...bag one POS