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Pennsylvania: Preemption Legislation Making a Comeback This Session

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pennsylvania: Preemption Legislation Making a Comeback This Session

As things pick up in the 2017 legislative session, both state Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) and state Representative Mark Keller (R-86) plan to introduce legislation strengthening Pennsylvania’s preemption statute regarding firearms and ammunition.  Please contact your state legislators and urge them to co-sponsor this important legislation!  Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state legislators.

Similar to Senator Richard Alloway’s legislation from the 2016 legislative session, this legislation would further clarify existing law to ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania.  State firearms preemption was enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature over three decades ago to avoid the possibility of a complex patchwork of regulations across the state which make it difficult for responsible firearm owners to ensure they are following the law; however, in recent years many local governments have enacted gun control ordinances in violation of this current 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.  Gun owners continue to be unduly burdened by local ordinances which violate the current state firearm preemption law.  Senator Langerholc and Representative Keller’s potential legislation would correct this problem by ensuring laws regarding firearms and ammunition are uniform across the Keystone state.

Once again, please contact your state legislators and ask for their support and co-sponsorship on this important preemption legislation!  Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this legislation.

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