Next Tuesday, March 18, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 60 East Wing, the House Judiciary Committee will be considering two pro-gun pieces of legislation which need your support:
House Bill 921, sponsored by state Representative Tim Krieger (R-57), would transfer background checks for firearms purchases from the Pennsylvania instant check system to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
House Bill 2011, sponsored by state Representative Mark Keller (R-86), would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.
There may be an attempt to amend HB 921 with anti-gun language that would mandate “universal” background checks. The NRA strongly opposes this amendment. Currently, Pennsylvania requires background checks on the private sale and transfer of handguns. This amendment would expand the required background check to include the private sale of ALL firearms, including rifles and shotguns.
“Universal” background checks do nothing to reduce crime, and only punish law-abiding gun owners by creating cumbersome mandates and restrictions on the lawful purchase and possession of firearms. It is already illegal to knowingly sell or transfer a firearm to someone classified as a prohibited person, and is a felony for a prohibited person to buy, own or possess a firearm. Mandating background checks on the private transfer of long guns would make drastic and unnecessary changes to current state firearm laws and will impose unduly restrictions on law-abiding citizens rather than addressing the true problems associated with illegal straw purchases – lack of enforcement of current law. Criminals, by definition, violate laws, especially gun control laws. They don’t register their firearms, purchase firearms through licensed dealers or subject themselves to any gun control schemes that only penalize law-abiding citizens.
Please call and e-mail members of the House Judiciary Committee TODAY in support of HB 921 and HB 2011 WITHOUT any anti-gun amendments.
House Judiciary Committee:
Representative Ron Marsico, Chairman (R-105)
Representative Thomas Caltagirone, Democratic Chairman (D-127)
Representative Todd Stephens (R-151)
Representative Bryan Cutler (R-100)
Representative Glen Grell (R-87)
Representative Timothy Krieger (R-57)
Representative Sheryl Delozier (R-88)
Representative Brian Ellis (R-11)
Representative Joseph Hackett (R-161)
Representative Mark Keller (R-86)
Representative Bernie O’Neill (R-29)
Representative Mike Regan (R-92)
Representative Todd Rock (R-90)
Representative Rick Saccone (R-39)
Representative Marcy Toepel (R-147)
Representative Tarah Toohil (R-116)
Representative Deberah Kula(D-52)
Representative Matthew Bradford (D-70)
Representative John Sabatina, Jr. (D-174)
Representative Jesse White (D-46)
Representative Bryan Barbin (D-71)
Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-190)
Representative Dom Costa (D-21)
Representative Madeleine Dean (D-153)
Representative Brandon Neuman (D-48)