PA Bill Number: SB1013
Title: In general provisions, further providing for definitions; in inchoate crimes, further providing for prohibited offensive weapons and for possession ...
Description: In general provisions, further providing for definitions; in inchoate crimes, further providing for prohibited offensive weapons and for possession ...
Last Action: Referred to JUDICIARY
Last Action Date: Jan 11, 2022
Concealed Carry Seminar – Sponsored by Ambridge District Sportsmen’s Assoc. - 02/26/2022
ADSA Clubhouse 2900 Ridge Road Extension, Baden PA
Concealed Carry Seminar – Sponsored by Rep. Jason Silvis - 04/7/2022
Huber Hall 300 Alexandria Street, Latrobe, PA
Concealed Carry Seminar – Sponsored by Rep. Jason Silvis - 04/28/2022
West Leechburg VFD Recreation Hall 1116 Gosser Street, West Leechburg, PA
Detroit public defenders demand end to gun possession prosecutions :: 01/13/2022
Taking a cue from colleagues in New York and Chicago, a group of public defenders and activists in Detroit, Michigan are calling on Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to stop prosecuting anyone charged with simply possessing a firearm without a license.
According to the activists, arrests for carrying a concealed firearm without a license have soared in Wayne County since the start of the pandemic. Additionally, data released by the public defenders and community activists show there’s been a stark racial disparity in enforcement, with black residents making up 97% of those arrested for the non-violent, possessory crime.
To me, that statistic is key, not only for the activists demanding an end to prosecutions, but for lawmakers in Michigan as well. This is precisely the reason why so many of us advocate for permitless or Constitutional Carry laws, because no one should face the prospect of five years in prison or a lifetime felony record simply for keeping their legally owned gun on their person while in their vehicle.
The coalition had another eye-opening statistic about prosecutions over the past couple of years. Pre-pandemic, cases that solely involved carrying without a license (even in your car) made up roughly 6% of the caseload in the prosecutor’s office. As of August of 2021, however, almost 30% of all cases charged by the prosecutor were carry-only cases.
Think about that for a second. Nearly one-third of all prosecutions in the Detroit area in recent months have solely revolved around the “crime” of bearing arms without a government permission slip. That’s bad enough, but what makes it even worse is that Wayne County has been taking months to approve concealed carry applications, to the point that the county was sued over the delays last year.
To sum up: arrests and prosecutions for carrying without a license are soaring since the start of the pandemic, the majority of those arrested are legal gun owners who don’t have a carry license, and that license has been impossible for Wayne County residents to obtain in a timely manner during this same time period.
There’s no doubt that major changes are needed, and I don’t think anyone can count on Wayne County officials to do the right thing. Governor Gretchen Whitmer would undoubtably veto any Constitutional Carry bill that gets to her desk, but that shouldn’t stop Republicans in the legislature from pushing that measure along with a more limited bill that would decriminalize the possession of a legally-owned firearm while traveling. No one should go to prison for the “crime” of bearing the arm that they are legally keeping, and yet it’s happening on a regular basis in Wayne County. Putting a stop to this injustice may be an uphill battle for Republicans in the legislature, but it’s absolutely a fight worth having.