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Pennsylvania: Critical Firearms Preemption Legislation Introduced

Monday, April 22, 2013

Contact your state legislators TODAY to support Senate Bill 876

Senate Bill 876, important firearms preemption legislation, has been introduced by state Senator Richard Alloway (R-33).  If passed and enacted into law, this measure would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.

Title 18 Pa.C.S., Section 6120 of Pennsylvania law specifically states that "No county, municipality or township may in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components when carried or transported for purposes not prohibited by the laws of this Commonwealth."

State firearms preemption was enacted by the state legislature to avoid the possibility of 2,639 separate firearm laws across the Commonwealth.  However, over recent years, nearly 50 local governments have enacted gun control ordinances in violation of the current state firearms preemption law.

The myriad of local firearm laws makes compliance very difficult and nearly impossible for responsible gun owners.  This creates a situation where gun owners and sportsmen have difficulty even knowing about certain laws, much less understanding them.  SB 876 will correct the problem by preventing localities from imposing ordinances more restrictive than laws passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature.

Last year, the Pennsylvania Legislature failed to act on this important pro-gun reform.  Make sure this does not happen again.  Contact your state Representative and Senator TODAY and urge them to support this important measure.  For contact information or help identifying your state lawmakers, please click here.


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