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Pennsylvania: Anti-Gun Amendments Delay House Consideration of Firearms Preemption Legislation

Thursday, June 14, 2012

This week, time constraints and a full legislative agenda have delayed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from considering critical firearms preemption legislation, Senate Bill 273.

However, the House was prepared to consider SB 273 yesterday, but stalling tactics were used to draw out the debate and delay a vote on this bill before the summer legislative recess.

Unfortunately, at least thirty amendments have been filed, most of which have been offered by anti-gun Democratic legislators and are designed to kill SB 273.  Most outrageous of all amendments include a complete ban on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, a “ballistic imaging” mandate and a “one-handgun-a-month” rationing scheme.

SB 273, which passed unanimously in the state House Judiciary Committee on June 5, would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure firearm and ammunition laws are uniform throughout the state.  Furthermore, it helps mitigate the need for litigation by gun owners who have been unduly burdened by local gun control ordinances which violate the current state firearms preemption law.  Citizens with no criminal intent should not be placed in jeopardy of running afoul of local restrictions they do not know exist simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another.

Please call AND e-mail your state Representative and tell him or her that it is completely unacceptable that a handful of anti-gun Democrat legislators can hold hostage this vital piece pro-gun legislation, and urge him or her to support SB 273 WITHOUT any additional House amendments.  For contact information or help identifying your state Representative, please click here.



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