PHILADELPHIA, February 8, 2013 – State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today praised Attorney General Kathleen Kane for her announcement that she will close the Florida Loophole here in Pennsylvania.

Leach, who has been working for several years to close the Florida Loophole through legislation – a loophole that allows Pennsylvanians who have been denied or have been unable to attain a gun permit in our state to receive a Florida permit via the Internet – commended Kane for her leadership.

“From today forward, Pennsylvanians will be safer and will have greater confidence in our gun laws knowing that only citizens who meet Pennsylvania’s criteria for gun permits will have them,” said Leach.

“It is truly impressive that after less than a month in office, Attorney General Kane has taken the lead in enacting common-sense gun legislation, and I commend her for taking this courageous first step.

“Attorney General Kane’s announcement today is a huge victory for our state, and it’s the first of many things she will do that are great for the state and the citizens. After all the opposition I’ve encountered in dealing with this gun control, it’s a breath of fresh air to see progress being made.”

He continued, “Also to be commended is Mayor Nutter, who in his position as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and as Mayor of Philadelphia, has brought the need for better gun legislation to the national stage.”

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, “As many as 900 city residents – more per capita than in any other among the nation’s 10 largest cities – are now packing heat in Philadelphia by virtue of mail-order permits issued by Florida … Not surprisingly, these gun owners often fail to pass muster with the Police Department, which has discretion under state law to deny permits on the basis of character or because applicants cannot show a compelling need to go armed.”

Leach added that he is eager to work with Attorney General Kane on other important issues in the future.