Today, April 19, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 671 by a 20-5 vote. HB 671 is scheduled to go before the full House for consideration next week. Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg and the gun control groups he bankrolls are actively trying to defeat this legislation! It is imperative that you call and email your state Representative and urge them to support HB 671! Click the “Take Action” button to contact your state Representative.
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. 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 your state Representative and urge them to support HB 671. Stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this bill.