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Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Legislation to be Heard in Committee This Week

Monday, April 17, 2017

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Legislation to be Heard in Committee This Week

On Wednesday, April 19, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear and potentially vote on House Bill 671.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Keller (R-86), HB 671 would further clarify existing law to ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the Keystone state.  Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to support HB 671!  Click the “Take Action” button to contact committee members.

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.  HB 671 would correct this problem by ensuring laws regarding firearms and ammunition are uniform across the state.

Similar legislation was signed by former Governor Tom Corbett in 2014, but was struck down by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last year for a violation of the “single subject” rule for legislative process.  It is imperative that HB 671 passes the legislature this year to ensure that gun owners and sportsmen across the state are protected by strengthened preemption laws.

Once again, please contact the committee members and urge them to support HB 671.  Stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this bill.

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