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Rep. Ron Waters & Rep. Madeleine Dean: Assault Weapons Ban

Posted: January 9, 2013 02:43 PM
From: Representative Ronald Waters and Rep. Madeleine Dean, Rep. Steven Santarsiero

To: All House members

Subject: Rep. Ron Waters & Rep. Madeleine Dean: Assault Weapons Ban (re-circulation)

In the near future, I plan to re-introduce House Bill 2592 of the 2011-2012 Legislative session, which will ban the possession, use, control, sale, transfer, or manufacture of an assault weapon within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Since the federal law prohibiting assault weapons lapsed in 2004, many states have considered legislation to ban assault weapons. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, seven states have enacted laws banning assault weapons to varying degrees, including California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. In addition, other states have implemented partial bans or restrictions through law or regulation.

Currently, Pennsylvania does not prohibit the sale or transfer of assault weapons. Once a Pennsylvania resident is deemed eligible to purchase a firearm, that individual is permitted to obtain any weapon of their choice, including highly powerful and dangerous assault weapons. My legislation would amend Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by creating a new section, ยง6121.1 (Certain Assault Weapons Prohibited), to prohibit the possession, use, control, sale, transfer, or manufacture of an assault weapon in the Commonwealth. However, this legislation includes exemptions for members of the United States Armed Forces, Reserve components, the National Guard and law enforcement officers who are performing official duties or traveling to or from an authorized place of duty.

Sadly, gun violence continues to permeate cities and towns across America. The time to act is now. Please join me in sponsoring this crucial legislation. If you have any questions, please contact Germaine Brown in my office via email at or at 717-772-9850.
Philly area foolishness. Why can't we just deed Philly and environs to NJ and be done with it?
I don't suffer from insanity.
I enjoy every minute of it.
Seriously Huh

When will they learn that most of PA loves firearms and this nonsense wont really go anywhere. It's one more thing we have to write our reps about.
These assholes need to be escorted across the ben franklin bridge. Then dismantle the bridge.
tolerance for failure meter... LOW

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