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

Posted on March 14, 2014


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:

House Bill 921, sponsored by state Representative Tim Krieger (R-57), would transfer background checks for firearms purchases from the Pennsylvania instant check system to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

House Bill 2011, sponsored by state Representative Mark Keller (R-86), would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.

There may be an attempt to amend HB 921 with anti-gun language that would mandate “universal” background checks.  The NRA strongly opposes this amendment.  Currently, Pennsylvania requires background checks on the private sale and transfer of handguns.  This amendment would expand the required background check to include the private sale of ALL firearms, including rifles and shotguns.

“Universal” background checks do nothing to reduce crime, and only punish law-abiding gun owners by creating cumbersome mandates and restrictions on the lawful purchase and possession of firearms.  It is already illegal to knowingly sell or transfer a firearm to someone classified as a prohibited person, and is a felony for a prohibited person to buy, own or possess a firearm.  Mandating background checks on the private transfer of long guns would make drastic and unnecessary changes to current state firearm laws and will impose unduly restrictions on law-abiding citizens rather than addressing the true problems associated with illegal straw purchases – lack of enforcement of current law.  Criminals, by definition, violate laws, especially gun control laws.  They don’t register their firearms, purchase firearms through licensed dealers or subject themselves to any gun control schemes that only penalize law-abiding citizens.

Please call and e-mail members of the House Judiciary Committee TODAY in support of HB 921 and HB 2011 WITHOUT any anti-gun amendments. 

House Judiciary Committee:
Representative Ron Marsico, Chairman (R-105)
Phone:  (717)-652-3721
Representative Thomas Caltagirone, Democratic Chairman (D-127)
Phone: (717)-787-3525
Representative Todd Stephens (R-151)
Phone: (717)-260-6163
Representative Bryan Cutler (R-100)
Phone (717)-284-1965
Representative Glen Grell (R-87)
Phone: (717)-795-6091
Representative Timothy Krieger (R-57)
Phone: (717)-260-6146
Representative Sheryl Delozier (R-88)
Phone: (717)-761-4665
Representative Brian Ellis (R-11)
Phone: (717)-787-7686
Representative Joseph Hackett (R-161)
Phone: (717)-260-6168
Representative Mark Keller (R-86)
Phone: (717)-783-1593
Representative Bernie O’Neill (R-29)
Phone: (717)-705-7170
Representative Mike Regan (R-92)
Phone: (717)-432-0792
Representative Todd Rock (R-90)
Phone:  (717)-749-7384
Representative Rick Saccone (R-39)
Phone: (717)-260-6122
Representative Marcy Toepel (R-147)
Phone:  (717)-787-9501
Representative Tarah Toohil (R-116)
Phone: 717-260-6136
Representative Deberah Kula(D-52)
Phone: (717)-772-1858
Representative Matthew Bradford (D-70)
Phone: (717)-772-2572
Representative John Sabatina, Jr. (D-174)
Phone: (717)-772-4032
Representative Jesse White (D-46)
Phone: (717)-783-6437
Representative Bryan Barbin (D-71)
Phone: (717)-783-1491
Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-190)
Phone: (717)-783-3822
Representative Dom Costa (D-21)
Phone: (717)-783-9114
Representative Madeleine Dean (D-153)
Phone: (717)-783-7619 
Representative Brandon Neuman (D-48)
Phone: (717)-783-4834