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New Legislation Fixes Pennsylvania Criminal Code

Monday, January 6, 2003

In a major victory for supporters of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, House Bill 2070 was signed into law by Governor Mark Schweiker (R) on December 9, 2002. This bill will correct 1968 legislation which unintentionally prohibited firearm ownership by people convicted of minor crimes. For example, an individual convicted of the offense of "drag racing" over 20 years ago, and who has committed no other criminal offense since, is not the "menace to society" the federal Gun Control Act or the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act meant to encompass. HB 2070 will restore some common sense to Pennsylvania`s gun laws.

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