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October 28, 2014

Pennsylvania: Governor Tom Corbett Signs Firearms Preemption Legislation into Law

Today, Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law House Bill 80, the strongest firearms preemption statute in the country, at a public signing ceremony.  This critical pro-gun legislation strengthens the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania and allows citizens to seek legal remedies against localities whose gun control ordinances exceed state law.
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October 27, 2014

Pennsylvania: Governor to Sign Firearms Preemption Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, October 28, Governor Tom Corbett (R) will sign House Bill 80 into law, strengthening Pennsylvania’s firearm preemption statute.  This bill takes effect in sixty days.  After four years of hard work, your NRA looks forward to this momentous event in a culmination of all the efforts that NRA members, Second Amendment supporters and Pennsylvania legislators finally accomplished.
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October 21, 2014

Pennsylvania: 2014 Legislative Session Ends With Victory

After four years of effort, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives finally passed critical firearms preemption legislation.  Yesterday, the state House voted to concur on the Senate amendments to House Bill 80 by an overwhelming 138 to 56 vote.  HB 80, when signed into law, will strengthen the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania.
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October 17, 2014

Pennsylvania: Senate Passes Firearms Preemption Legislation, Also Votes to Ban Pigeon Shoots

After four years in the making, yesterday the Pennsylvania Senate finally voted to pass firearms preemption legislation in the form of an amendment to House Bill 80.  HB 80 passed by an overwhelming 34-14 vote.  This critical firearms preemption bill is not out of the woods yet, though.  We are down to the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, and your immediate action could make the difference to achieve this long-overdue measure.  The state House is expected to vote on HB 80 on Monday, October 20, and we need you to contact your state Representative today!
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October 15, 2014

Pennsylvania: In the Final Hours of the 2014 Legislative Session, the Fight for Firearms Preemption Legislation Continues

Unfortunately last night, a vote on state Senator Rich Alloway’s (R-33) preemption amendment was derailed on the Senate floor.  Attempts will be made again today to amend critical firearms preemption legislation into House Bill 1796, and it is critical that you continue to contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to vote for the Alloway amendment.  We are down to the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, and your action now could make the difference in achieving what the NRA has been seeking to pass for the past four years!
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October 14, 2014

Pennsylvania: Senate Could Vote on Firearms Preemption as Early as Tonight

Your NRA-ILA has just learned that this evening, an amendment is going to be offered by state Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) to House Bill 1796 on the Senate floor.  This amendment would achieve what the NRA has been seeking to pass for four years, and would amend critical firearms preemption legislation into HB 1796.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to vote for the Alloway amendment.
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October 7, 2014

Pennsylvania: Senate May Vote Tomorrow on Bill to Ban Pigeon Shoots, Firearms Preemption Bill Awaiting Action in Senate Judiciary Committee

As early as tomorrow, the Pennsylvania Senate could vote on House Bill 1750, previously reported on here.  HB 1750 would criminalize organized pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania.  Pigeon shooting is a traditional shooting sport and has many participants across the Commonwealth and around the world.  Shoots have been held in Pennsylvania for more than a hundred years, and their participants are law-abiding, ethical shooting enthusiasts, hunters and sportsmen.
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October 6, 2014

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Passes Today in House but Now in Danger in Senate Judiciary Committee

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 1243 by a 143 to 54 vote.  HB 1243 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, however, your NRA has just learned that attempts may be made tomorrow to amend a ban on pigeon shoots into this legislation, as well as the possible inclusion of other anti-gun amendments.  If these anti-gun amendments are adopted, they will kill the bill, and with it, any attempt to pass and enact meaningful and necessary firearms preemption legislation this year.  
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September 26, 2014

Pennsylvania: Final Vote in State House on Firearms Preemption Enforcement Bill Postponed

Because of a religious holiday, Rosh Hashanah, on Wednesday, the state House of Representatives adjourned before business was concluded for the day and before a final vote was taken on House Bill 1243.  The House will reconvene on Monday, October 6, when they are expected to vote on final passage of HB 1243.  Once passed, it will be sent to the state Senate for its consideration.
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September 23, 2014

Pennsylvania: Gun Control Amendment Fails in Pennsylvania House Vote

Today, state Representative Mark Keller’s amendment to House Bill 1243, strengthening firearm preemption to provide consistency for Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state, passed in the state House of Representatives by a 143 to 54 vote.   In addition, state Representative Steven Santarsiero’s anti-gun amendment mandating the expansion of so-called “universal” background checks to ALL firearms purchases -- including rifles and shotguns -- was defeated by a 132 to 64 vote.   HB 1243, as amended, will be now be voted on the House floor tomorrow for its third consideration and final passage.
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September 23, 2014

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Offered as an Amendment to HB 1243

Today, attempts will be made to amend critical firearms preemption language into House Bill 1243 on the Pennsylvania House floor.  The amendment, filed by state Representative Mark Keller (R-86), would strengthen and provide consistency in Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  To date, nearly fifty municipalities have enacted illegal local gun control ordinances including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Reading and the state capital of Harrisburg.  Enough is enough.
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September 11, 2014

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Could be Considered in State House Next Week

Next week, the Pennsylvania Legislature returns from its summer break, and the NRA has learned that the state House of Representatives may be considering a vote on House Bill 2011 as early as next Monday.  This critical firearms preemption legislation is needed to strengthen and provide consistency in Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state. 
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June 28, 2014

Pennsylvania: Senate Could Consider Pigeon Shoot Ban as Early as Tomorrow

The Pennsylvania Senate returns to session tomorrow, Sunday, and may consider and vote on House Bill 1750, legislation that would ban pigeon shooting in the Commonwealth.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator immediately and urge him or her to vote against the criminalization of this traditional shooting sport.
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June 28, 2014

Pennsylvania: Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Expands to Utah

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced this week that Pennsylvania has entered into an agreement with Utah to grant reciprocity to Pennsylvania carry permit holders.  Pennsylvania will, in turn, recognize carry permits issued to residents of Utah.
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June 26, 2014

Pennsylvania: Senate Committee Amends Pigeon Shooting Ban into House Bill 1750

Unfortunately, today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to amend a ban on pigeon shooting into House Bill 1750 by a 10 to 4 vote.  It is now critical that you contact your state Senator and urge him or her to oppose and vote against HB 1750!  HB 1750 could be considered by the full Senate any day now.
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June 24, 2014

Pennsylvania: Possible Pigeon Shooting Ban Amendment to House Bill 1750

Discussions are underway in the Pennsylvania Senate to amend a ban on pigeon shooting into House Bill 1750 in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  These attempts could happen as early as tomorrow, and your immediate action is needed to ensure this amendment is defeated.
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June 13, 2014

Pennsylvania: Two Bills Would Allow Semiautomatic Rifles for Some Small Game Hunting

This week, two bills aimed at allowing the use of semiautomatic rifles for hunting some small game species have passed in their respective committees and will be considered soon in the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives.
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June 2, 2014

Pennsylvania: Anti-Gun Lawmakers May Attempt to Amend Pro-Gun Legislation

Your NRA-ILA is pushing for a vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on House Bill 2011, an important firearms preemption bill, before the summer legislative break.  If HB 2011 comes up for a House floor vote, attempts will be made to amend it with anti-gun language to expand Pennsylvania’s background check requirement to ALL firearms purchases, including rifles and shotguns.  Currently, only handgun purchases fall under this state requirement.
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May 7, 2014

Pennsylvania: Employer Firearm Parking Lot Protection Legislation Introduced

Several weeks ago we sent an alert asking Pennsylvania NRA members to report to our State and Local Affairs division if their employer has a policy which prohibits employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work, and the response was overwhelming!  Within 24 hours, our office was flooded with hundreds of e-mails reporting these types of policies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the local grocery store on the corner.
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April 22, 2014

Pennsylvania: Employer Firearm Parking Lot Bans Widespread

Last week, we sent an alert asking Pennsylvania NRA members to report to our State and Local Affairs Division if their employer has a policy which prohibits employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work, and the response has been overwhelming!  Within 24 hours, our office received hundreds of e-mails reporting these types of policies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the local grocery store on the corner.  
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April 15, 2014

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Still Stalled in House, Your Immediate Help Needed

Another week has gone by and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has still not acted on House Bill 2011, critical firearms preemption legislation needed to provide consistency of Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  Your immediate help is needed to ensure this bill gets a vote on the House floor.
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April 14, 2014

Pennsylvania: Does your Employer Ban Firearms in Their Parking Lot?

Your National Rifle Association is currently seeking information from our members in Pennsylvania on employers who prohibit employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work.  This information will be a valuable tool in advancing state “employee protection” legislation in Harrisburg.  Businesses have no legitimate interest in micromanaging the lawful contents of one’s private vehicle at the workplace.
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April 3, 2014

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Stalled in House

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recessed until next week without acting on House Bill 2011, critical firearms preemption legislation.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Keller (R-86), HB 2011 would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.
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March 28, 2014

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Scheduled for Possible House Floor Vote on Monday

The state House of Representatives is expected to consider House Bill 2011 when is reconvenes on Monday, March 31.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Keller (R-86), HB 2011 would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.
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March 26, 2014

Pennsylvania: Anti-Gun State Lawmakers Attempting to Derail Firearms Preemption Bill

Anti-gun lawmakers in Harrisburg are attempting to kill an important firearms preemption bill, and have filed 122 amendments in an attempt to derail House Bill 2011.  
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March 18, 2014

Pennsylvania: House Committee Passes Pro-Gun Bill, Holds Another

Today, the House Judiciary Committee was scheduled to consider the following two pro-gun bills:
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March 14, 2014

Pennsylvania: House Judiciary Committee to Hear Second Amendment Legislation Next Week

Next Tuesday, March 18, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 60 East Wing, the House Judiciary Committee will be considering two pro-gun pieces of legislation which need your support:
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February 7, 2014

Pennsylvania: Game Commission Approves Adult Mentor Youth Hunting Regulations

The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently approved regulations to implement Senate Bill 623 from the 2013 legislative session.  Final approval and adoption of this proposal is expected at the Pennsylvania Game Commission meeting in April.  Sponsored by state Senator Jake Corman (R-34), SB 623 seeks to increase adult participation in hunting by authorizing the Pennsylvania Game Commission to expand its successful Mentored Youth Hunting Program to all ages, allowing a licensed hunter to take an unlicensed adult hunter afield.  This important pro-hunting reform will help with hunter recruitment and preserve Pennsylvania’s rich hunting heritage for generations to come.
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February 6, 2014

Pennsylvania: Critical Firearms Preemption Legislation Introduced

House Bill 2011, important firearms preemption legislation, was introduced yesterday by pro-gun state Representative Mark Keller (R-86).  If passed and enacted into law, HB 2011 would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.  This important bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
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January 15, 2014

Pennsylvania: 2014 Legislative Session Underway

Last week, the Pennsylvania General Assembly reconvened its 2013-2014 legislative session.   Last session, dozens of anti-gun bills were introduced and were successfully prevented from passage.  However, our fight is not over in Harrisburg.
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December 13, 2013

Pennsylvania: Anti-Gun Campaign Targets State Representatives Around the State

Recently, some state legislators across Pennsylvania have been the target of an anti-gun campaign to strong arm them into cosponsoring House Bill 1010. If passed and enacted into law, House Bill 1010 would expand the required background check for the private sale of handguns by friends and relatives to ALL firearms, including rifles and shotguns.
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November 6, 2013

Pennsylvania: Anti-Gun Mayor of Butler Defeated by Pro-Gun Candidate Tom Donaldson

Yesterday, Tom Donaldson won the Butler mayoral race by earning 66% of the popular vote and handedly defeating anti-gun incumbent Mayor Margaret D. Stock.  The defeat of this anti-gun extremist marks a huge victory for Second Amendment supporters and sportsmen.
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November 6, 2013

Pennsylvania: Pro-Gun Candidate Defeats Anti-Gun Mayor of Chambersburg

After a highly contested mayoral race, pro-gun candidate Darren Brown defeated anti-gun incumbent Mayor Pete Lagiovane yesterday.  The defeat of anti-gun extremist Pete Lagiovane marks a huge victory for Second Amendment supporters and sportsmen in Chambersburg.
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July 24, 2013

Pennsylvania: Legislation Introduced to Improve Concealed Carry License Application System

This week, state Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) introduced legislation, Senate Bill 1071, that seeks to improve the current concealed carry license application system by allowing an individual to apply for a concealed carry permit in a contiguous county.
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April 22, 2013

Pennsylvania: Critical Firearms Preemption Legislation Introduced

Senate Bill 876, important firearms preemption legislation, has been introduced by state Senator Richard Alloway (R-33).  If passed and enacted into law, this measure would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.
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April 19, 2013

Pennsylvania: Attend the 8th Annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally in Harrisburg on April 23

On Tuesday, April 23, law-abiding gun owners, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters from across Pennsylvania will gather in the Capitol Rotunda for the 8th Annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally in Harrisburg.  Please don't miss this opportunity to stand up for your firearm freedoms.  
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March 25, 2013

Pennsylvania: Pro-Hunting Legislation Passes State Senate

Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 623, sponsored by Senator Jake Corman (R-34), which authorizes the Pennsylvania Game Commission to expand its successful Mentored Youth Hunting Program to all ages.  If passed and enacted into law, Senate Bill 623 would allow a licensed hunter to take an unlicensed adult hunter afield.
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February 14, 2013

Pennsylvania: Legislators Ignore Logic and Lead with Emotion to Introduce Restrictive Measures

Taking a page from the Obama Administration’s playbook, anti-gun legislators in the Pennsylvania General Assembly have introduced a plethora of legislation that, if passed and enacted, will strip you of your Second Amendment rights.
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February 8, 2013

Pennsylvania: Attorney General Kathleen Kane Issues a Notice Regarding Non-Resident Carry Permits

If you are a Pennsylvania resident who is carrying a concealed firearm for self-defense with a non-resident Florida Concealed Carry permit, your permit will be invalid in 120 days.  
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December 3, 2012

Pennsylvania: Attorney General-Elect Kathleen Kane Does Not Support Your Right-to-Carry

While it should come as no surprise, Pennsylvania Attorney General-Elect Kathleen Kane is wasting no time in demonstrating her hostility towards your Second Amendment rights even before she takes office next month. Kathleen Kane joined nine sitting attorneys general, including those from California, Massachusetts and New York, in signing her name to a letter urging the U.S. Senate leadership to oppose S. 2188, "The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act" and S. 2213, "The Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act."  To read the full letter, please click here.
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