Pat Meehan Turns Back on Community and Accepts Endorsement of Extreme Gun Rights Group
Springfield, PA – At the same time that editorial boards and law enforcement officials across the region are backing Bryan Lentz’s efforts to keep concealed weapons out of the hands of criminals by closing the “Florida Loophole”, Pat Meehan has accepted the endorsement of the NRA, an extreme right-wing group that has worked to undo the efforts of law enforcement officials around the country to keep their communities safe.
In a press release on its Web site, the National Rifle Association today announced that it had endorsed Pat Meehan’s campaign. According to campaign finance reports, the organization has also donated nearly $5,000 to his campaign.
The NRA endorsement comes at the same time that editorial boards and law enforcement officials across the state have backed Lentz’s efforts to close the so-called Florida loophole, the loophole in Pennsylvania state law that allows criminals to use permits from out of state to carry concealed weapons. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and the Delaware County Daily Times have all backed Lentz’s legislation in editorials. In an editorial earlier this week, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote “Lentz has a solution to what clearly is a threat to public safety.”
News reports also documented late last this week that an 18-year-old Philadelphia man was killed by a Pennsylvania resident who was carrying a concealed weapon with a permit from Florida that he had secured after his local permit had been revoked by Philadelphia police back in 2005.
“This is just the latest example of Pat Meehan turning his back on the residents of the 7th District to promote the agenda of his largest donors,” said Kevin McTigue, Lentz’s campaign manager. “The extreme viewpoints of the National Rifle Association are not shared by the residents of the 7th District. Editorial boards and law enforcement officials across the region have spoken in a clear voice about this issue.”
A former Airborne Ranger, criminal prosecutor and Iraq War veteran, Bryan Lentz currently serves in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Delaware County. He was awarded both the Bronze Star for Service and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his military service. He lives in Swarthmore with his wife Jennifer and their son Thomas.