Gun bill would eliminate need for concealed carry permit


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania lawmaker has unveiled legislation that would allow gun owners to carry a concealed firearm without a license.

Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) says the current process is a “duplicative abuse of the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

“Pennsylvanians that follow the law each day should not be punished or hindered just because they prefer to carry their weapon concealed,” Bernstine said in a statement.

Pennsylvania law does not require residents to obtain a license to openly carry a firearm.

The bill would make available an optional concealed carry license, which would be valid in other states that have a reciprocal agreement with Pennsylvania.

Nine other states currently do not require a concealed carry license to carry a concealed firearm.

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