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Pennsylvania: Time Running Out for Important Firearms Preemption Legislation

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Contact your state legislators TODAY

Despite the state House Judiciary Committee unanimously passing Senate Bill 273 on June 5, stalling tactics are being used in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to delay a floor vote on SB 273 before the summer legislative recess.

Unfortunately, at least 30 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.  Thus far, attempts to have these amendments deferred have been unsuccessful.

With all state House seats up for re-election this year, it is critical that your legislators demonstrate their Second Amendment support by voting to defeat these anti-gun amendments, and pass SB 273 before the summer legislative recess.

SB 273 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.  Currently, there are over 40 municipalities that have passed ordinances contrary to state 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 TODAY 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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