Feds Lean on Local Sheriffs to Revoke CWPs for Non-Criminal Action

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A federal prosecutor in Western Pennsylvania is hoping to team up with county sheriffs to revoke the concealed carry licenses of travelers who accidentally bring guns to airport security checkpoints. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- According to local news reports and [as reported at AmmoLand News], a federal prosecutor in Western Pennsylvania is hoping to team up with county sheriffs to revoke the concealed carry licenses of travelers who accidentally bring guns to airport security checkpoints.

The reports also state that Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen, whose jurisdiction covers Pittsburgh and its international airport, has agreed to cooperate with the plan.

Needless to say, the NRA encourages all gun owners to be prudent and conscientious about checking any bag that could contain a firearm before using it as carry-on luggage at an airport.

Nevertheless, innocent mistakes can and do occur. Many peoples’ lifestyles involve lawfully carrying firearms, as well as making frequent or last-minute trips by air travel. Someone going to a funeral or hastily-scheduled business meeting, for example, could easily get distracted enough to forget what was in a carry-on bag.

To put things in perspective, the Transportation Security Administration regulates all sorts of items that purportedly pose a risk to air travel, up to and including drinking water. It shouldn’t be assumed that everyone violating one of these rules does so intending to cause harm.

The criminal law recognizes this, and absent illegal intent, cases of firearms mistakenly brought to airport checkpoints are usually resolved with civil fines (perhaps in the thousands of dollars) and possible confiscation and forfeiture of the firearm itself. These measures, where appropriate, should more than encourage more careful behavior from forgetful travelers.

Nevertheless, Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Kaufman of the Western District of Pennsylvania also wants the travelers to lose their concealed carry licenses. Kaufman is reaching out to local sheriffs in Pennsylvania, asking them to revoke these licenses in incidents of this type, even when no criminal charges are brought.

While Pennsylvania concealed carry licenses are considered “shall-issue” for applicants who meet statutory requirements, provisions of the law give licensing officials some discretion to revoke the credentials for unspecified “character and reputation” reasons.

The manifest intent behind these provisions is to allow law enforcement agencies to respond to indicia of criminal intent or activity that hasn’t yet resulted in a conviction.

Leave it to a Biden administration official, however, to try to stretch the bounds of the law as far as possible to diminish the freedom to keep and bear arms, even where’s there no evidence of bad motives.

Moreover, it’s not as if the federal government doesn’t have ample legal tools of its own for dealing with true criminals who intentionally and unashamedly use guns to harm and threaten and others. We have often made the point that federal prosecutors should vigorously enforce existing laws against dangerous predators, rather than search for ways to scapegoat or harass well-meaning citizens who exercise their Second Amendment rights. There remains plenty of room for the U.S. Justice Department to improve in this regard. Indeed, some of the same voices calling for increased gun control also want the federal government to handle fewer firearm cases.

Unfortunately, the Biden Administration is more interested in harassing law-abiding gun owners than reducing crime through the prosecution of violent criminals.

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CaptainKerosene (@jim_macklin)
29 days ago

If I could afford to travel I’d declare each and all bags contained knives, guns , ammunition.
The bags could not be searched w/ o me present.

swmft (@swmft)
30 days ago

pass constitutional carry and solve the problem

Levelhead (@shootist)
30 days ago

There is a difference between “forgetting” that you are carrying a firearm and taking a bottle of water into an airport security area. Any person who has a firearm in their possession has an obligation to know its condition (loaded/unloaded, although we’ll assume every gun is loaded all the time) and location and how it is either on person or properly secured. If you can’t keep track of your gun it should be left at home in a safe. Or maybe you should not even own one. OK, so now you want to call me a lefty pinko communist just… Read more »

Tionico (@tionico)
30 days ago
Reply to  Levelhead

so for how many years have YOU been carrying everywhere you go? If soeone puts shoes on every day and walks in them everywhere, and comes to a place where they are prohibited will EVERYONE remmeber to shuck them off on arrival? In a pressured or unusual situation (which air travel has been for a coule decades now) one who carries everywhere but rarely flies has an overwhemlong list of things to remember, most of them making NO SENSE whatever. Focussing on that long list (let’s see, was it one container of three ounces or three ocntainers of one ounce?… Read more »

Laddyboy (@laddyboy)
30 days ago

TYRANNY — Practiced by communist demoKKKrats and even RepubliCANTs.

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WI Patriot (@wi-patriot)
1 month ago

More criminal conspiracies from the feds…