Currently, Philadelphia residents may only get concealed-carry permits through the city’s Police Department. However, Republican Sen. Richard Alloway is set to propose a measure allowing citizens to apply for a concealed-carry license in counties adjacent to their own. According to Democratic Sen. Larry Farnese of Philadelphia’s First District, the proposed law would “allow people that were rejected in Philadelphia to go out and get a permit in a neighboring county, come back, and walk around within the streets.” Farnese added that concealed-carry licensing in the city should not be “meddled with by lawmakers in other parts of the state.”

In February of this year, Pennsylvania closed the “Florida loophole,” which allowed those whose permits were rejected in-state to receive a Florida permit instead. Standards for concealed-carry background checks are the same throughout PA due to the Uniform Firearms Act. Still, background check procedure and access to local records can differ by county, said Lieutenant John Stanford of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Office of Public Affairs. “This type of legislation would limit our efforts to maintain a level of safety for our citizens here and recreate that Florida Loophole,” Stanford said. That’s why licensing of city residents should stay under local control, said Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA. “The reason that we have this whole process is to allow local authorities who may have more information about the person who wants to get that kind of permit,” said Goodman. “And what this bill is doing is saying, ‘Hey, you can by-pass that, and you can go out to one of the surrounding counties where they may not know you.'”