PA Bill Number: HB2097
Title: In firearms and other dangerous articles, further providing for persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms, for ...
Description: In firearms and other dangerous articles, further providing for persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms ...
Last Action: Referred to JUDICIARY
Last Action Date: Feb 16, 2018
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FOAC Action Alerts
U.S. House Judiciary Passes Nationwide CCW Legis (HR 38) - 19-11
Thank you for all your hard work in reaching out to Congressmen regarding National Concealed Carry Reciprocity (HR 38)!! There is great news to report in that the House Judiciary Committee today passed, by a 19-11 vote, the National Reciprocity, Constitutional Carry-friendly, legislation – HR 38 (by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) – was voted out of the House committee and is now on its way to passage by the full House.
Overview: This legislation would allow anyone with a License To Carry Firearms, and anyone from a Constitutional Carry state, to carry in ANY state in the country -- thereby countering the unconstitutional, socialist laws of anti-gun states. This legislation also provides legal protections for citizens who are arrested by ignorant anti-gun local officials who ignore the law.
The legislation includes the legal definition of "handgun" to include "any magazine for use in a handgun and any ammunition loaded into a handgun or its magazine."
This would circumvent efforts by states like Massachusetts and California to effectively ban guns by banning and/or registering magazines and ammo.
Suffice it to say that pushing the GOOD version of reciprocity to the verge of House passage and enactment is a huge accomplishment which should not be underestimated.
As we all expected, anti-gun Democrats tried to water down the inclusion of protections for Constitutional Carry and by a 17-8 vote, Republicans defeated an anti-gun amendment offered by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) that would have limited concealed carry reciprocity to permit holders only.
The House Judiciary Committee also passed a "Fix NICS" bill which we are watching closely.
Both bills now advance to the floor of the House.
U.S. House to Act on Nationwide Concealed Carry Recognition - Nov. 29th
The time we have ALL been waiting for has come and NOW is the time we need YOUR help!
Federal gun control hearing is next week!
If you think Republicans will prevent gun control from passing through Congress, you are wrong. On Monday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told “The Hill” that he is acceding to demands by Democrat (and perennial gun banner) Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to hold hearings on “firearms accessories.”
Unfortunately, the NRA strategy of kicking this over to the BATFE in the (flawed) hope that they would institute a regulatory solution to so-called “bump stocks” has backfired as the BATFE kicked the can back to Congress.
This isn’t just about ‘bump stocks’
And if you think this is about banning the “bump stocks” nobody likes, you are equally wrong.
With anti-gun Democrats and the media still at full-throated roar, roughly two dozen gun control bills have been introduced in the weeks since Las Vegas. While most of those won’t see the light of a committee hearing, the so-called “bump stock” bans in the House and Senate will.
And what can you expect from the bills to see hearings in Grassley’s committee? By covering anything which “accelerates the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle,” banned items would include:
- Optical sights, particularly non-magnifying reflex optics designed to get the shooter on target more quickly;
- Trigger jobs or systems which allow the shooter to fire more quickly;
- Muzzle compensators which reduce recoil to get the gun back to the target quickly; and
- What else? Frankly, it’s impossible to know.
And yes, the “slippery slope” which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “certainly hopes” will lead to further gun control will almost certainly lead to debate over “high” capacity magazines, as in the ban introduced by Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT).
‘Good guy’ with an AR-15? They don’t care
The ostensibly “mainstream” media is doing its best to gloss over the fact that in the horrific church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, it was not only a “good guy with a gun,” but a good guy with an AR-15 who stopped the killer by shooting him at least twice. Stephen Willeford is an American hero.
But they don’t care.
Yes, this is the third time in recent years in which an armed private citizen has stopped a mass homicide in a church.
But they don’t care.
Yes, gun control failed again as, for the second time in recent weeks, the killer underwent a NICS check to get his firearms.
But they don’t care.
Nope, the gun ban advocates care about one thing and one thing only: That they have an opportunity to ban your guns in order to better control you.
What will stop gun control?
It’s been said that, “The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Well, I’m here to tell you that the only thing that will stop a gun ban organization with clout is a no-compromise gun rights group with clout.
FOAC is exactly that no-compromise gun group, not only at a state level, but also in fighting federal gun control.
Right now, we can’t do what we need to…
The problem is that right now, the problem our side faces is that we just want to be left alone. So when we win an election, we go back to our lives.
But the left doesn’t think that way. They want control – control over YOU. Consequently, they never go away, they never stop, they never sleep. They just keep coming back again and again until they get what they want which is, in this case, the end of the Second Amendment.
I need you to do three things
YOU must immediately take three actions to defend our liberty:
Immediately make three phone calls to Sen. Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania and your Congressman (contact info here) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley and let them know that NO GUN CONTROL IS ACCEPTABLE. Call Toomey at (717-782-3951), and call Grassley at (515) 288-1145. (Yes, these are their district offices, not their Washington offices).
With your help, we will once again prevail.
Armatissimi e liberissimi,
(Most armed and most free)
Kim Stolfer, President
Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman Moves to 'Illegally' Ban Guns in City Parks
Pittsburgh City Council will vote on banning firearms in City Parks in 'direct' violation of Pennsyvania Court precedent (FOAC v. Lower Merion) and Pennsylvania law as well as a 1994 court order where the City of Pittsburgh agreed to abide by ALL Pennsylvania Law regarding firearms. Pennsylvania law (Title 18, Section 6120) removes ALL authority from municipalities and cities regarding banning or restricting firearms.
Please make your voice heard about this clear violation of Pennsylvania Law that is even a Misdemeanor 1 criminal offense (Title 18, Section 6119).
Councilman Gilman's office can be reached through this link: http://pittsburghpa.gov/council/district8/index.html
Since this will be 'another' costly preemption fight we would very much appreciate your dedicated contribution to help us fund the upcoming legal action to stop this in the courts. Please consider donating through our website donation portal here: https://foac-pac.org/Donate
Thank you for all your interest and support!
Kim Stolfer, President
Problems with SB 383 - Arming Teachers Legislation
We strongly support giving teachers the Choice AND Right to be armed to defend themselves! Twenty-four states now allow teachers and staff to carry, though the rules vary across states. Alabama, Utah, New Hampshire, and parts of Oregon leave it up to the teachers and staff to carry. For example, in neighboring Ohio, at least 40 school districts allow teachers to carry.
However there are significant issues with SB 383 regarding the requirement for a teacher to disclose, and provide proof, of possession of a License to Carry Firearms. In 1995 access to License To Carry Firearm information was made confidential due to concerns that disclosure could put citizens at risk. These concerns have been borne out in other states that do not have these controls. Security of this information, and accountability for its' release is 'not' an insignificant concern!
Yesterday in the PA Senate, Senator Street added an amendment that teachers who wish to carry would be required to be psychologically evaluated! This raises a host of issues not the least of which is the anti-gun mantra of requiring psychological testing to even 'own' a firearm.
Certain aspects of this legislation is deeply troubling and we cannot support it at this time. SB 383 is up for final (3rd) consideration today and the PA Senate convenes at 1 p.m. Please keep in mind that Senator White is a 'very good' Senator and I don't think that he has been made aware of all of these concerns properly!!
Breaking News: PA Game Commission Commissioners REFUSE to Authorize Semi's for Big Game
The PA Game Commission Commissioners are meeting right now for their quarterly meeting and the Commissioners have stabbed gun owners and hunters in the back by REFUSING to authorize Semi-Auto firearms for hunting big game!
No matter how you slice this betrayal of trust, this is a huge victory for anti-gun groups which will spin this as a gun safety issue despite the record across the nation of success!
It is clear the Commissioners do not value rights the way you and I do! I suggest everyone consider reaching out and communicating your displeasure with this gift to the foes of Freedom to the PA Game Commission by visiting this link and using whichever method you prefer: http://www.pgc.pa.gov/InformationResources/AboutUs/ContactInformation/Pages/default.aspx
More developments to come. . . . .
Governor Wolf Signs Semi-Auto's in Hunting Legislation - HB 263
Today Pennsylvania moved out of the dark ages when Governor Wolf signed HB 263 into law providing for the lawful use of Semi-Auto firearms and air rifles in hunting. This legislation will end a decades long unfounded prejudice against these types of firearms. Please take a moment to reach out and thank your state Representative, your state Senator and Governor Wolf for supporting this important legislation!
Also, PLEASE reach out and let your friends and fellow hunters know that these changes on the use of these firearms will NOT take effect until the 2017 hunting season as the PA Game Commission will have to craft the regulations governing the suitable ammunition calibers and magazine capacities as well as the game animals where these firearms will be permitted. The focus now, for all of us, should be on contacting the PA Game Commission (PGC) Commissioners and insisting that the use of these firearms should encompass Big Game hunting (i.e. Deer & Bear) and 'not' be limited to a small number of game animals. In the hearings before the House Game & Fish Committee this year PA Game Commission Exec. Director Matt Hough' testimony indicated a reluctance to allow the widespread use of these firearms, which is an unsupported and unfounded bias and prejudice based in political speak.
Interestingly, Germany (known for their tough gun control) has recently authorized the use of these firearms for hunting in that country.
These firearms help women and youth engage in the hunting sports more effectively due to the diminished recoil and adaptability of these firearms. In addition, they provide for faster follow up shots so that wounded game can be more humanely harvested.
The PA Game Commission has a working group meeting coming up on December 5th and we encourage all interested hunters who would like to use these types of firearms to reach out and communicate your support to the PGC Commissioners.
Harrisburg Legislative Update - HB 263 & HB 869
This morning there will be a final voting session prior to the election (the legislature 'may' come back in November-Sine Die) and there has been furious wrangling over two bills that you should know about.
HB 263 (as amended in the Senate) will legalize the use of 'air rifles' and 'semi-auto rifles' in hunting. This bill is on the 'marked' calendar for voting today.
HB 869 is a bill that has been amended 4 times distorting it all out of shape and the animal rights extremists have added dangerous language that could lead to limitations and lawsuits for bird hunting and things like pigeon shoots. See the language from the bill below:
"DOMESTIC FOWL." ANY AVIS RAISED FOR FOOD, HOBBY OR SPORT.
This language was added in the Senate and is not used anywhere else in the bill. This bill was supposed to protect 'dogs and cats' from abuse, a laudable goal. However, it appears the 'animal rights extremists' have manipulated the language to provide them an advantage in court against hunting and training dogs with live birds. This bill is scheduled to be amended in the Rules Committee and if you have time this morning please contact the Rules Committee members and ask them to correct the language above as well as the language in the 'Torture' sections of HB 869.
Thank you for your attention to this last minute request!
Your FOAC Freedom Team
Important End of Session Vote Coming in Senate and House - HB 263 - Please Help!
Tomorrow the PA Senate and House will consider HB 263 which has been amended with legislative language to authorize the use of semi-automatic firearms for hunting as is legal in 'ALL' other states.
We are asking for your help in reaching out to your State Senator 'and' your State House member, as well as the Senate and House Leadership, to ask them to pass HB 263, as amended today in the Senate. There were 11 Senators who voted against this legislation but 39 voted for it.
FOAC members will find all the Senate and House legislators contact information in their Member's section of the FOAC website. If you are not a member 'yet' please go to the PA Legislator FOAC page for the listing of every PA Senate and House member along with their contact information.
I also want to thank all of you for your continued patience and persistence in keeping up the pressure on the legislature. Your frustration at the lack of action by the leadership in Harrisburg on critical Pro-Gun legislation is not lost on all of us and we share it. Much of this is directly connected to the flood of Millions of Dollars of anti-gun billionnaires donating to anti-gun groups to advance gun control at the expense of the truth. Your involvement is the ONLY thing stopping the anti-gun groups and I cannot thank YOU enough!
Your FOAC Freedom Team!
Preemption Legislation (SB 1330) Sweeps Through PA Senate-NOW on to PA House
In a clear sign of rejecting the lies of the anti-gun groups such as cease-fire PA and mom’s demand action, today the Pennsylvania Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of SB 1330, strengthening of Pennsylvania firearms preemption law, by a vote of 30 – 19 the legislation passed.
It is important to remember that we have dozens if not hundreds of communities throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which are arrogantly thumbing their nose at Pennsylvania criminal law and passing their own local laws in defiance of not only the crimes code but also the “equal protections clause” of the Constitution!
We ask that you take two actions now. First reach out to your House of Representatives member and ask them to support SB 1330. Then also reach out and contact your Senator to thank him/her ‘if’ they supported SB 1330. Also please share your dissatisfaction with the 19 Senators who violated their oath to uphold Commonwealth law and ‘not’ put citizen safety and well-being at risk, which each of these Senators did by opposing this common sense bill!
Contact information for the 19 infamous crime supporting Senators is below:
- Patricia Vance firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 787-8524
- John Blake email@example.com; (717) 787-6481
- Art Haywood firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 787-1427
- Rob Teplitz email@example.com; (717) 787-6801
- Jay Costa firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 787-7683
- Andrew Dinniman email@example.com; (717) 787-5709
- Lawrence Farnese firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 787-5662
- Wayne Fontana email@example.com; (717) 787-5300
- Vincent Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 787-7112
- Shirley Kitchen email@example.com; (717) 787-6735
- Daylin Leach firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 787-5544
- John Sabatina email@example.com; (717) 787-9608
- Judy Schwank firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 787-8925
- Christine Tartaglione email@example.com; (717) 787-1141
- Sean Wiley firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 787-8927
- Anthony Williams email@example.com; (717) 787-5970
- Stewart Greenleaf firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 787-6599
- Thomas McGarrigle email@example.com; (717) 787-1350
- Thomas Killion firstname.lastname@example.org; (717) 787-4712
You can find PA House of Representatives contact information at this link:
Time is short and there is very little opportunity to see this bill through the legislative process and put SB 1330 on the desk of the governor so we need all of you to focus and put as much energy as you can into passing this legislation!
Thank you for paying attention to this important update and for being so passionate about defending the freedom so many in this nation have sacrificed for!
In deepest gratitude,
Kim Stolfer, Pres.
Arrogant Anti-Gun Legislators Derailing PA Legislative Process
I try not to burden you with a lot of e-mails but this one is significant. As you may know we have been working to advance pro-gun legislation in Harrisburg and are on the cusp of two of our issues being addressed, finally!
These bills involve preemption (HB 2258 & SB 1330) and semi-auto firearms for hunting (SB 737) and are all keyed up and ready to go EXCEPT we are being held hostage by anti-gunners and money and ‘apathy’ among our ranks!
We are being blocked by a concerted effort from anti-gun groups through their minions of evil (anti-gun legislators) in a historic show of abuse of the political process. HB 2258 has had 242 amendments filed AGAINST it and this is a record. SB 737 has had 19 amendments filed against it. The end goal is to force leadership to pull the bills from consideration.
We are being "terrorized by a small group of misfits" in and outside of the legislature who are abusing the process to stymie legislation that has overwhelming support. Republican Leadership AND Democrat Leadership need to be united in opposition to these tactics! Contact information, including phone ‘and’ e-mail address, for Republican and Democrat leadership is available at the links below:
Republican & Democrat Leadership Contact Info (from the FOAC website):
- Speaker of the House – Rep. Michael Turzai
- House Majority Leader – Rep. Dave Reed
- House Majority Whip – Bryan Cutler
- House Minority Leader – Frank Dermody
- House Minority Whip – Michael Hanna
Also, PLEASE contact your PA State House Member today as well!! If you don’t know who that is then click the link below to search using your address for your legislators.
I’m laying this in your laps because gun owners are faced with an ugly reality! IF we do not get more of our friends and family involved and calling their legislators and leadership of BOTH parties then I fear our ability to get ANYTHING passed will be impossible.
What is even more critical is that the NEXT step for them is to force anti-gun legislation to be passed or these political whores will shut down work on other bills.
I’m sorry but I have done everything I can think of and have been warning you of this coming evolution of the political process for a while. Well it is HERE now. Either get involved now or plan on PA becoming New Jersey in the not too distant future and prepare to surrender your firearms because what is going on now is ONLY going to get worse!
Sorry for the bad news but I’m NOT going to sugar coat the dire situation we are faced with!
Thank you for considering this important message!
Yours in Freedom,
Critical Firearms Preemption Legislation - HB 2258 - Coming Up in PA Judiciary Committee
The PA House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has scheduled a voting meeting for tomorrow, 9/20 – 10 a.m., to vote on four (4) bills one of which is HB 2258, Rep. Mark Keller’s Firearm Preemption legislation. This would strengthen Pennsylvania's preemption statute, as was passed in 2014, and help to discourage PA municipalities from enacting ‘illegal local’ gun laws.
We are asking you to call and/or e-mail Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Marsico and respectfully request that he bring House Bill 2258 to a vote and that he support the bill. In addition, please also contact all the members of the Judiciary Committee, as well as your Representative, and ask that they support House Bill 2258.
You can find all the Judiciary Committee Representatives e-mail addresses compiled in your Members Area of the FOAC website once you are signed in to the site. The section of the members area you will see will look like the picture below:
This legislation, HB 2258, provides for the recovery of legal expenses incurred, by gun owners or organizations, when local municipalities are sued for enacting local ordinances, or continue to maintain them, in violation of PA Preemption Law, Title 18 §6120 Limitation on the regulation of firearms and ammunition.
Points for to consider using with Legislators:
Are YOU aware that:
- Communities that enact their own ordinances/laws are in direct violation of, not only, PA law but also the Ortiz Supreme Court decision (1996) and Dillon’s Rule?
- The Home Rule Charter also prohibits the enactment of ‘any’ law regarding firearms by ‘any’ community covered by this charter?
- These community officials are engaging in outright criminal (Title 18, §6119) and civil disobedience with the intent to flaunt and violate state law believing they have immunity from liability and prosecution?
- That citizens and private volunteer organizations have, and are, spending their own money trying to reinstate the rule of law?
- These violations are occurring with the tacit approval of the state District Attorneys who have the authority to act and are refusing to hold these local officials accountable?
What this law will do:
- Provide a legal means for individuals and organizations who successfully sue these local municipalities to hold them financially accountable thus preserving and protecting the rule of law and empowering citizens with the ability to fight city hall and be compensated fairly for expenses incurred.
- Adds a specific option for damages IF local government enacts a law contrary to the Preemption section §6120 Limitation on the regulation of firearms and ammunition or 53 Pa.C.S. § 2962(g) (relating to limitation on municipal powers).
If a court of law finds that it was an ordinance that violates Pennsylvania Preemption law (Title 18, §6120), the local government shall pay the actual damages and reasonable attorney fees and costs to the party who successfully challenges the regulation.
This is critically important legislation to halt the spread of anti-gun groups, and their minions in local government, who act in violation of PA Laws.
Thank you, in advance, for your attention to this important Alert!
Yours in Freedom,
Kim Stolfer, President
Breaking News: Obama ATF Announces Backdoor Ammo Ban!
This is not a drill. The Obama administration just implemented a new regulatory change that has sent the entire firearms industry into a tailspin overnight.
A key ingredient necessary for making gunpowder has been re-classified as a high explosive, making it illegal for any company within the industry to transport or store it as they have for decades.
It all stems from how the ATF regulates a chemical compound known as nitrocellulose. For decades, the firearm industry has been allowed to store and transport wetted nitrocellulose without having to treat it as a high explosive. Manufacturers deliberately mix the chemical compound with water to make it less volatile.
Overnight, the ATF just completely changed its regulations, turning everyone in the ammunition industry into felons if they do business the way they have for decades.
The entire industry is now at a standstill. Without nitrocellulose, you can’t make smokeless gunpowder. Without smokeless powder, there’s no ammunition.
Contact your Congressman please!
Go here to find PA Congressmen: http://foac-pac.org/Federal-Legislator-Info
Urgent Congress Still Pursuing Gun Control - Newest Bill - HR 5611
This is a fast developing situation on expanding the denial of owning a firearm because you or I are on some kind of list. The latest version of the attack on our 2nd Amendment Rights is embodied in HR 5611 (HB 5611 on FOAC Site) and it contains many flaws. Some of the worst problems are identified below for your review and consideration.
Problems identified in this proposal:
- Guilty until proven innocent
- Secret lists still determine one's rights
- Denied individual still fronts legal fees
- No provision for discover making a legal defense difficult at best
- No right for defense team to discovery
- No right for defense to file emergency/expedited petition
- Language connects 922 g & n thus expanding the scope of the reasons for expedited denial
- Nothing in this bill would change what happened in Orlando and is a solution in search of a problem
Unless these problems are corrected we cannot support this legislation.
Please contact your Congressman and tell them to oppose this legislation until these issues are addressed and 'no' American is put through the requirement to 'Prove' their innocence to the government.
Your FOAC Freedom Team!
Important Firearm Law Preemption Bill - SB 1330 - Moving - YOUR Support Needed
SB 1330 is critically important Preemption Legislation that would restore what the PA Supreme Court took away when they struck down ACT 192 last week. Preemption of firearms laws is important in maintaining one set of rules and laws that is uniform across Pennsylvania. In 2014 the legislature signed HB 80 into law, as ACT 192, and this legislation simply provided for standing and recovery of legal fees if local communities enacted or maintained illegal firearms laws. Over 100 communities have these illegal laws in defiance of Title 18, Section 6120 (crimes codes) and District Attorneys are 'not' stopping these laws as they should. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown are a few of the main violators of this law.
Please contact your PA State Senator and ask for his/her support when this bill comes to the full floor for a vote. Information on PA State Senators can be found here: https://foac-pac.org/PA-Legislator-Info