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And so it begins in PA
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Quote: Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM
Posted:
February 20, 2018 01:51 PM
From:
Senator Wayne D. Fontana
To:
All Senate members
Subject:
Assault Weapons Ban
 

Under Pennsylvania law, both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are legal. There was a federal ban on these types of weapons nationwide which began in 1994. However, the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004 and the sunset provision was never renewed. For the 10 years that the injunction was in effect, it was illegal to manufacture the assault weapons for use by private citizens. The law also set a limit on high-capacity magazines – these could now carry no more than 10 bullets. However, any weapon or magazine that was manufactured before the law went into effect in 1994 was perfectly legal to own or resell.

I plan on introducing legislation that would enact an assault weapons ban in Pennsylvania. My legislation would mirror language that is very similar to what was enacted in Connecticut after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which is considered to be some of the toughest in the nation.

Specifically, my bill will broaden the scoop of what the state classifies as assault weapons including banning more than 150 gun models. The legislation will also ban the sale of gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds.

Analyses by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence show that, with few exceptions, states with the strictest gun-control measures, including California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, have the lowest rates of gun deaths. At the same time, those with the most lax laws like Alabama, Alaska and Louisiana, have the highest.

In the case of the Lakeland, Florida shooting, the 19 year-old-suspect used an AR-15 semi-automatic style weapon during the massacre. This highly deadly military-inspired rifle has been the weapon of choice more recently by several mass shooters including at Newtown, Connecticut; Aurora, Colorado; and Santa Monica and San Bernardino, California.

I feel that my legislation is sensible ban on military-grade weapons that have no place in civilian life and are unnecessary for self-defense. These guns were made to kill people quickly and efficiently and it’s time that the General Assembly and residents say they have no place being in Pennsylvania.

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legi...onId=25231
sgtsandman, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Nov 2014.
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I don't know guys...this last school shooting seems like it may be the BIG one!  I see a lot of folks brushing it off and saying nothings going to happen to our gun rights but I am not so sure!!
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A Reading from the Book of Armaments, Chapter 4, Verses 16 to 20:

Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."
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He has stated patently false information in this letter:

"Analyses by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence show that, with few exceptions, states with the strictest gun-control measures, including California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, have the lowest rates of gun deaths. At the same time, those with the most lax laws like Alabama, Alaska and Louisiana, have the highest. "

Look where the "facts" come from, a blatantly ANTI-Gun group.

My Senator, who happens to be the Majority Leader will be receiving a phone call from me in the next few minutes. and I will be contacting my pro gun representative also.  Everyone should be doing this.


Edited to add:  I just got off the phone with Senator Cormans office and his office said that have been getting numerous phone calls about this letter - an not one has been in favor of it.
Xringshooter, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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Unfortunately, we have a lot of elected officials in PA that would love to go the way of California, New York, or one of the other anti-gun States.  Fortunately, Senator Bartolotta is not one of them.  She still got an email from me on the subject anyway.  Representative Matze on the other hand, I have no clue where he stands.  I've never heard from him when contacted and I don't remember ever seeing anything in print on him other than on the election ballot.

It doesn't help that the NRA is throwing us under the bus while they are playing "chess" and I'm not really sure where the President stands on the Second Amendment.  He says he's a Second Amendment supporter and then directs the DOJ to look into regulating bump stocks, binary triggers, and other devices that turn an AR15 into a machine gun.  Then there is the age 21 thing and confiscating firearms first then worrying about due process.  He's known to make inflammatory statements and then backing off later on things but I think who ever screams the loudest, contacts him the most, and what the polls say is going to drive what he will or won't do on the subject.
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