Today, the Pennsylvania General Assembly adjourned from its 2018 Legislative Session. In the weeks leading up to adjournment, anti-gun legislators were working diligently to pass multiple gun control measures that sought to place undue burden on law-abiding gun owners in the Keystone State. The below measures were passed out of the House Judiciary Committee but were never brought up for debate on the House floor:
House Bill 2227 creates so-called “extreme risk protection orders” whereby a hearing would be held, firearms would be seized and constitutional rights suspended with little to no due process. Under House Bill 2227, a law-abiding gun owner could lose their right to own or possess a firearm and then have the burden placed on them to prove the false nature of the petition in order to have their firearms returned. This legislation does nothing to improve public safety, and allows for an extremely broad definition of who can petition to remove someone's Second Amendment rights.
House Bill 1872 would make it a crime to knowingly possess an “accelerated trigger activator” that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm. The broad and overreaching provisions in this legislation could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.
While these bills were not considered at this time, they could easily be brought back up when the General Assembly reconvenes sometime in the fall.
Thank you to those NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters who continued to contact their lawmakers in opposition to these anti-gun bills. Special thanks to those legislators who continued to oppose House Bill 2227, House Bill 1872, and all other anti-gun bills that were introduced. Continue to stay-tuned to NRA-ILA alerts for more information and updates.