Consistent with a growing number of county sheriffs, Perry County Sheriff Carl Nace is not requiring license to carry firearms (LTCF) applicants to included references on the LTCF application.
I have long contended that requiring references on the application is a violation of the confidentiality provisions of 18 Pa.C.S. 6111(g)(3.1) and (i), as merely calling the reference, even without disclosing that the applicant has applied for an LTCF, is a violation of the statutory protections, as the caller would be disclosing the “name” and “identity” of the individual, as a result of the application. This issue was addressed in our Class Action against the City of Philadelphia, which resulted in the City of Philadelphia agreeing not to require references. More recently, in November, Berks County Sheriff Eric Weaknecht also announced that he was no longer requiring LTCF applicants to submit references.
I would like to thank Sheriff Nace and Sheriff Weaknecht, both of whom are devoted to the protection of the Second Amendment, for taking this action and ensuring compliance with Pennsylvania’s confidentiality provisions.