This is the latest development in a situation that’s been percolating for several months now. As with most parts of the country, the demand for legal gun permits has soared in Philadelphia, largely in response to the riots and unrest in the streets. But as we reported back in September, the city has developed such a backlog of people seeking permits that prospective buyers have been told they would have to wait for more than a year in some cases before they could even begin the application process. This was in clear violation of a state law requiring permit applications to be processed within 45 days. Frustrated shoppers took their complaints to a couple of gun rights groups for help and this led to two separate lawsuits being filed. One was at the state level and the other was filed in federal courts.
One solution that had been proposed by the plaintiffs was for the Philadelphia Police to switch to an online method applying for and processing permits, just as other parts of the state have successfully done. Up until now, however, the city had refused to adopt such a process. But facing a date with a judge seems to have brought about a change of heart and the city will now begin offering an online option for those seeking a permit. (Free Beacon)
Philadelphians will now be able to submit gun-carry permit applications over email after legal pressure forced the city to reverse a COVID-related shutdown that created a log jam for residents.
Second Amendment advocates filed lawsuits in state and federal courts after the city delayed applications far beyond the 45-day window required by state law. Spokesmen for Gun Owners of America, which filed the state lawsuit, and the Firearms Policy Coalition, which filed the federal challenge, said the city acted out of fear of losing in both cases…
Neither the Philadelphia Police Department nor the office of Mayor Jim Kenney (D.) responded to requests for comment.