Her decision to dissolve the agreement with Florida gives law enforcement and prosecutors another tool to keep Pennsylvanians safe 

PHILADELPHIA (February 8, 2013) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today congratulated Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane for fulfilling her campaign pledge to close the Florida Loophole.  Her decision to dissolve Pennsylvania’s reciprocal conceal carry license agreement gives law enforcement and prosecutors a powerful tool that will keep Pennsylvanians safe.

“Since taking office more than four years ago, I have been fighting to get rid of the Florida Loophole and today, thanks to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, it is gone,” said Farnese.  “This is also a great day for law enforcement; because thanks to AG Kane’s signature they finally have what they have been asking for, the ability to keep criminals and those who do not meet the legal requirements from legally carrying a concealed weapon.”

The Florida Loophole allowed Pennsylvanians who had been denied a Pennsylvania license to legally carry a concealed firearm to receive one from the State of Florida’s Department of Agriculture; circumventing the checks and requirements that are in place to prevent unfit Pennsylvanians from legally carrying a concealed weapon.  For the last two legislative sessions Farnese has introduced legislation that would have closed the loophole through an act of the legislature.

“Pennsylvanians should decide Pennsylvania’s laws, not Florida bureaucrats.  This victory makes sure law enforcement’s voice is heard loud and clear throughout the Commonwealth,” added Farnese.

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Senator Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport.  Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, the Law and Justice Committee and the Judiciary Committee.  His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662).  More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at www.senatorfarnese.com.