In 1995, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law that gave the Attorney General a duty to seek out reciprocity agreements with other states for concealed carry licenses provided that certain provisions are met. Many states actually have a more stringent process that requires many hours of training from a limited number of “official” trainers, but others have similar structure to our process that covers the big area: background checks to make sure the applicant is not a criminal.
Well Dan Onorato is blaming Tom Corbett for the so-called â€œFlorida Loophole,â€ showing that the candidate for governor in 2010 is not shy about sending his gun control views up the flag pole. This is in contrast to Ed Rendell, who conveniently dropped the issue like a hot potato during his 2002 and 2006 runs.
The biggest flaw in Onorato’s argument? Gun owners with concealed carry licenses are more law-abiding than the general population. The second biggest flaw? Tom Corbett was not yet in office to sign the Florida reciprocity agreement in 2001.
Iâ€™m convinced that Ed Rendell has convinced fellow Democrats that the NRA canâ€™t touch them. His evidence? His two terms, and Barack Obamaâ€™s ten point win in this state. Except Rendell ran against two lackluster candidates, and so did Barry. Corbett isnâ€™t a weak candidate. Heâ€™s a hard campaigner and a good fundraiser.
Itâ€™s absolutely important we send Dan Onorato packing this fall, or itâ€™s going to be over for us in Pennsylvania. Democrats will say the NRA canâ€™t hurt them, only then they will be right.