Recently, I was suprised to seeÂ a press release from Senator Richard Alloway containing a link to an interview I conducted with NRA’s Pennsylvania State Liaison last session (also posted here).Â Senator Alloway is the sponsor of the Castle Doctrine bill in the Senate, and he has been instrumental in trying to get this passed for us in order for it to be sent to the Governor. On the long road to get this bill passed, there have certainly been a lot of rumors, allegations, and frustrations expressed along the way. Senator Alloway addresses many of these in his release, but Iâ€™ve noticed the current delay in passage is creating more rumors.
One of those rumors is that there is a deal in the works to pass so-called Florida Loophole (restrictions on reciprocity of concealed carry licenses) along with Castle Doctrine. I talked to NRAâ€™s State Liaison, John Hohenwarter, this week and asked if there was a deal to amend the Florida Loophole in exchange for moving Castle Doctrine. He assured me that there is no deal in the works, and Castle Doctrine should be able to pass as a clean bill.
We have discussed the history that shows the Senate is a tougher landscape for pro-Second Amendment legislation than the House. Itâ€™s important that you call your State Senator and tell them you want Castle Doctrine passed. The more they hear from us, the faster this can happen. Keep in mind that our oppositionâ€™s goal is to drag things out as much as possible, in the hope of exhausting us, and turning us against each other. Unfortunately, from what Iâ€™ve seen, thereâ€™s evidence that tactic is working. We can get Castle Doctrine, but only if we keep marching in the same direction.