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Anti-Gun Group Pressures Pennsylvania Sheriffs to Visit Citizens Who Apply for License to Carry

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.


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15 Responses

  1. WE NEED TO PUT GUN EDUCATION INTO JR HIGH SCHOOLS AND HIGH SCHOOLS. THIS WOULD HELP REDUCE GUN DEATHS. CHILDREN NEED TO
    KNOW ABOUT GUN LAWS. HOW TO HANDLE FIRE ARMS. THE CORRECT WAYS. ALSO HOW TO CHECK TO SEE IF FIRE ARM IS LOADED
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  2. A large waste of time house to house just for a license to be approved. Taking time from criminal and civil violation cases would delay a persons rights to a speedy out come. It would be nice if these people focused on the CRIMINAL rather than the public.

  3. This “practice” of “visiting” people that want to own firearms has been ALWAYS the “norm” in Communist-run N.Y. for as along as i can remember. When I got MY handgun Concealed carry permit, I was “visited” by a Sheriff, a BCI officer and a State trooper. That was AFTER, my 4 people I had listed as “references” were investigated, and THEY had to give 4 MORE “references”. I agree With John above, if they concentrated on removing firearms from known CRIMINALS, instead of the law-abiding citizens this country would be safer, but as things are now, democommunists like “emperor” cuomo, of N.Y. CODDLE his criminal “friends”, and allow them to do as they please with his “bail reform laws” that allow criminals to “walk”. (as well as both he and deblasio opening up the prisons, and letting criminals out on the streets to “protect them” from getting the “‘control-us virus” ..(as they tell US to “shelter in place”)

  4. Just Maybe the SO should make public all of the Names of People that are in Government service, Rich and aligned with them that HAVE CWP! Names and. Addresses of All of the Anti firearm Social Communist Left Wing, Comrades!

  5. If they would go back to capital punishment and a speedy trial system with no free ” get out of jail” systems for law breakers we would eventually lower our prison population because they would know there is a punishment that would effect their lives.

  6. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

  7. Tell them to start thier plan in neighborhoods controlled by ms13 and crips & blood s

  8. Scum de Scum Scum. A Sheriff’s job is to support the CONSTITUTION; not bow to the communist nut jobs.

  9. Since 50% of murders in the U.S. occur in 2% of the counties, perhaps GunSenseUS should focus on them rather than tens of millions of peaceable, lawful citizens. Before they start, perhaps they should publish their own membership list and publish it in every county. I’d add that 15% of the nation’s counties had only one murder and 54% of the nation’s counties had no murders at all.

    It always makes me cringe when democrats assert their absurd notions about gun control, gun violence, gun safety, gun laws, gun sense, gun rights, gun policy, gun reform, gun measures, etc. Literate people don’t say “dis-gun” the enemy. In fact, neither the term “gun” nor “firearm” appears in the Constitution.

  10. This type of action is typical of the socialist communist way of controlling the masses. Suppose we translate this to real life, like if a person is going to use a KNIFE in their home or business we institute a background check to see if they are properly trained and suitable to have a knife. Sounds crazy doesn’t it, well it just the same with this asinine push by ignorant idiots. Oh, by the way there are regulations concerning the CONCEALED CARRY of knives in just about all states, and I will also bet that the majority of those who carry a knife are in violation of these laws. TRY PUNISHING THE REAL CRIMINALS WITH VERY HARD PUNISHMENTS INSTEAD OF THE SLPA ON THE WRIST AND A “DON’T DO THAT AGAIN” ATTITUDE. Criminals do not have ant respect for the laws or the rights of citizens, and they now have more rights than the VICTIM with all the new soft pittypat laws that are now being pushed by the government. For those of us who remember the harsh strict punishment by our parent when we did something wrong will also recall that we would think twice about doing that thing again. I also put the blame on our pussified parents for not instilling in their children the principals of right & wrong, Respect & Responsibility.. This along with our “woke” liberal socialists brainwashers called teachers for not teaching but just pushing numbers through so they can demand more money for inept education of our children.

  11. For those concerned about taking time from law enforcement, PA sheriffs do not do law enforcement I know that sounds weird but I live in PA.
    But let’s see, the state police and the FBI check us out and I know many sheriffs run their own criminal checks so when the sheriff shows up at somebody they’re going to act nuts even if they are. As stupid as expecting criminals to turn guns in at buybacks. I like the gun owners who get rid of junky a piece and use the money as a down payment on something better.

  12. Bring it on but bring a lot of body bags because none of these Sheriffs will make it to the front or back dor!

  13. The anti-gunners are treasonous communists that should be tried, convicted, and executed for treason.

  14. Private citizens are becoming hostile to anyone who questions the 2nd Amendment. I live in a Second Amendment Sanctuary State and I assure you it won’t happen here.

    My small circle of friends has discussed not answering the door unless we personally know the visitor. Some have talked of recorded messages that command anyone without a warrant to leave immediately.

    Pennsylvania is a big state with a large country population and I’d guess they strongly object to this nonsense. I wonder what most private owners there would do if a badge rang their doorbell.

  15. Can we visit each of them and have a conversation about why they are anti-gun, whether or not they have any kind of criminal record, and the names of at least three people we can question regarding their character? And run background checks on them? And maybe publish their names in at least the American Rifleman?

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