And there you have it: the Philadelphia Police Department’s view of its citizens’ right to bear arms. This via Lt. Fran Healy, special adviser to the police commissioner, responding to a story [at philly.com] about nine men arrested for firearms possession. All of whom held valid concealed carry permits. Four of whom are security guards. “Eight of the men said that they were detained by police – two for 18 hours each. Two were hospitalized for diabetic issues while in custody, one of whom was handcuffed to a bed. Charges were filed against three of the men, only to be withdrawn by the District Attorney’s Office.” Lt. Healy “acknowledged that some city cops apparently are unfamiliar with some concealed-carry permits,” but that it’s “better for cops to err on the side of caution.” Here’s their beef . . .
Philly cops don’t like Florida concealed carry permits.
Most of the cases hinge on what local authorities call the “Florida loophole,” under which a Pennsylvania resident can obtain a nonresident permit to carry a concealed weapon through the mail from another state, even without a permit in Pennsylvania.
The “loophole” is unpopular with Philadelphia cops, who say that it allows those denied a permit here or whose permits were revoked to circumvent Philadelphia authorities and obtain it elsewhere.
But proponents say that it’s necessary because Philadelphia has unusually strict criteria for obtaining a concealed-carry permit. Philadelphia, according to police and gun owners, relies heavily on a clause that allows denial of a permit based on “character and reputation” alone.
In other words, Philly wants to keep the power to issue permits for itself. No joke. Commentator 369Robert spills the beans:
In the police academy (1986) we were instructed to ignore permits and confiscate all guns. Taking the person into custody was left to your discretion. It IS a violation of these peoples rights
Where’s the ACLU when you need them? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the four victims above are all African American, no?
And here’s what really ticks me off: the cops have only returned one of the guns. Even the gun-banning Brits know that property rights are the foundation of any civilized society. Shame on the Philly police. Don’t they have better things to do than hassling law-abiding gun owners?