A Pennsylvania lawmaker is proposing a bill that would make it easier for Philadelphia residents to get concealed-carry gun permits.
State Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Chambersburg, plans to introduce a bill in which he proposes Pennsylvanians be allowed to obtain the gun permits from a county adjacent to their county of residence, the Chambersburg Public Opinion reports.
Gun-rights advocates have long held that Philadelphia police employ far more rigorous requirements for the concealed-carry permits than their counterparts in suburban sheriff's departments.
Opponents in Philadelphia see Alloway's proposed bill as an ill-conceived attempt to specifically weaken the city's gun-permit process.
The state senator responded to those charges.
"I guess it's simply because they're anti-gun," Alloway, chairman of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee, told the Chambersburg paper. "I put this bill out there to start the dialogue, and I'm interested in hearing from all sides on this."
"If a citizen feels Philadelphia is violating his or her rights," he added, "then I want to afford them the opportunity to go to an adjacent county and make application there, pay the fee and get the opportunity for a permit to carry."