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Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Enhancement Bill Postponed until March

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has again postponed its second consideration of the NRA-backed House Bill 1523 - this time until the week of March 12.  House Bill 1523, sponsored by state Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-12), would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure firearm and ammunition laws are uniform throughout the state.  If enacted, House Bill 1523 would help eliminate the need for litigation by gun owners who have been unduly burdened by local ordinances which violate the current state firearm preemption law.  Citizens with no criminal intent should not be placed in jeopardy of running afoul of local restrictions they don`t even know exist simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another.

Unfortunately, this delay will give anti-gun advocacy groups more time to try to rally opposition to this common sense legislation.  In turn, this also gives us time to contact all our family, friends and fellow gun owners to urge them to also call, e-mail, fax and write our state Representative urging them to not fall for anti-gun rhetoric.  Every state Representative in Pennsylvania needs to know that HB 1523 as amended by the state House Judiciary Committee is exactly what law-abiding gun owners want and need passed.  We cannot let this critical legislation get hijacked.

As reported, anti-gun Representatives have filed at least thirteen anti-gun amendments to the bill for its second consideration.  These amendments range from “ballistic imaging” mandate to gutting the current “state preemption” statute.  

Again, please call AND e-mail your state Representative TODAY and urge him or her to support HB 1523.  To find contact information or help identifying your state Representative, please click here.

Don’t forget to forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners and ask them to also call their state Representative.  This much-needed pro-gun bill would make major changes to enhance Pennsylvania’s current firearm preemption law and it needs everyone’s help.

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