The anti-gun group, GunSenseUS is pressuring Pennsylvania sheriffs to disclose confidential license to carry firearms (“LTCF”) applicant information. GunSenseUS also wants sheriffs in the state to visit the home of every law-abiding citizen who has obtained a legal LTC.
Attorney Joshua Prince says that what GunSenseUS wants PA sheriffs to do directly violates state law. He said that the group is threatening to issue a press release in local papers if all sheriffs offices in the state don’t follow through with their “request.”
Prince wrote, “PLEASE let your Sheriff know not to bow to their pressure, as it is both a criminal and civil violation of law to disclose LTCF applicant information. Further, maybe you want to send GunSenseUS – [email protected] – and GunSenseUS President Ann Colby-Cummings – [email protected] – an email with your thoughts on their soliciting and conspiring with PA Sheriffs to violate PA law.”
GunSenseUS was founded as Gun Sense Chester County, PA. It’s an offshoot of Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence – a group formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT.
According to the group, its “mission … is to foster community well-being by seeking common-sense solutions that recognize ALL citizens’ rights and responsibilities in working to reduce gun violence and ensure safe gun ownership.”
Like many such groups, GunSenseUS claims “we are not anti-gun” and is not seeking to ban guns or confiscate guns.” Claiming to “recognize the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the view that this creates rights for those who want to own guns,” the group says it only wants to keep guns from those who should not have them.”
Pennsylvania resident John Patton of the Gun Collective notes that so far no sheriff in the state has buckled into pressure from the group. If one does, they should be voted out of office.
He told AmmoLand, “Any sheriff that bows down to a partisan group shouldn’t be elected anyway. They are meant to serve, protect, and uphold the law. They are not there to take up a political agenda. Bowing down to a group like this would show who they are and shows that they shouldn’t be in the role of sheriff.”
GunSenseUS states on its website its goal is to “keep guns from those who should not have them.” Their stated method is using “education and dialogue” so the state’s citizens reach a “common purpose” in reducing “the scourge of gun violence.”
However, Executive Vice President of Gun Owners of America Erich Pratt said those high-sounding words mask a group of “gun-hating radicals” who are making “illegal demands.”
Pratt said, “The gun grabbers at GunSenseUs hate the Second Amendment so much; they are trying to bully sheriffs into doing their bidding, even though it would require law enforcement to break the law. GunSenseUs would do better by actually focusing on lawbreakers and trying to reform a turnstile justice system that puts dangerous criminals back onto the street.”
Once again, we see the true goal of anti-gun activists and politicians is neither dialog nor consensus. They want to punish those who follow the law and handcuff those who are sworn to serve and protect them.