Philly sends letter to concealed handgun permit holders demanding $6 or face permit revocation

Could you imagine a private company behaving this way? The Philadelphia Inquirer has this:

In 2005, when the legislature amended the law governing licenses to carry firearms, the fee for a five-year license was increased from $19 to $25. The increase, channeled into accounts for license "modernization" and "validation," is supposed to make it possible for even small municipalities to get state grants to buy cameras for making gun-permit photo IDs.

But Philadelphia has not been collecting the $6 increase, a fact brought home to permit-holders with a bracing letter this month from Lt. Lisa King, commander of the Police Department gun permits unit.

"This additional $6 fee was supposed to be collected from all gun-license applicants effective May 1, 2006, [and] is required . . . regardless of whether your application was approved or denied," King wrote. "We apologize for any inconvenience, but, regrettably, if payment is not received by [Jan. 31, 2009], this debt will be placed in collections and could affect your credit. . . . Failure to pay will also result in the immediate revocation of your current firearms license." . . .

The state gun law was amended in 1995, making it easier to get a permit. Before the amendment, about 5,000 people were licensed to walk Philadelphia streets packing heat. Three years after the law changed, that number jumped to about 26,000. Healy said it has stayed more or less at that level since. . . .

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Blogger Unknown said...

The teller at my bank said she had been getting to see which customers had licenses to carry firearms as they each came in for their mandatory $6 money order.

12/28/2008 12:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

While the additional $6 (or total $25) is a small price to pay, I can't help but wonder what the vetting process is for licensees. As a former Philly-suburbanite I am all too familiar with Philly's high homicide rate. On the other hand I take comfort in my new home state of Arkansas' $144.25 fee which includes both State Police and FBI background checks.

Recently one of the two participants in an infamous school massacre down here was caught applying for a concealed handgun license using an assumed name. Would Philly's bargain basement procedure catch that? I believe the FBI check costs at least $25, so it's nice to see Philly footing most of the bill. Or just turning a blind eye. Take your pick.

12/30/2008 2:29 PM  

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