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Pennsylvania: Preemption Legislation up for Committee Vote Tomorrow

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pennsylvania: Preemption Legislation up for Committee Vote Tomorrow

On Tuesday, March 28, the Senate Local Government Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5, important preemption legislation.  SB 5, sponsored by state Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), would further clarify existing law to ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the Keystone state.  

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.  SB 5 would correct this problem by ensuring laws regarding firearms and ammunition are uniform across the state.

Please contact members of the Local Government Committee and urge them to support SB 5 without any negative or weakening amendments!  Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on these bills.

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