Congressman Joe Sestak, a still undeclared but likely challenger to incumbent Senator Arlen Specter, came out swinging against Pennsylvania’s 600,000 concealed carry license holders today.
Delaware County’s Sestak joined NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group of anti-gun mayors in opposing national concealed carry recognition legislation. Cong. Sestak issued a press release attacking Sen. Arlen Specter for his potential vote in support of the right of the law-abiding to defend themselves.
In closing to his press release, Sestak decided to secure his position against gun owners and NRA members in Pennsylvania:
Congressman Sestak has consistently stood for sensible gun control. He supported the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2007 and, in May, voted against an amendment that overturned President Reaganâ€™s regulation prohibiting loaded guns in National Parks. Senator Specter has long been on the side of the gun lobby, having voted against the Brady Bill as well as legislation to require criminal background checks at gun shows. Thatâ€™s why Congressman Sestak earned the endorsements of the Brady Campaign and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Co-Chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, while Senator Specter did not, instead earning an â€œAâ€ from the National Rifle Association.