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PA Bill Number: HB440

Title: In criminal history record information, further providing for expungement, for petition for limited access, for clean slate limited access and for ...

Description: In criminal history record information, further providing for expungement, for petition for limited access, for clean slate limited access and f ...

Last Action: Presented to the Governor

Last Action Date: Oct 22, 2020

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FOAC's October Newsletter and Meeting Notice w-Linked Agenda :: 10/09/2020

The October FOAC Membership Meeting (Oct. 11th) will be online (only) for all members and interested Second Amendment advocates. The stay-at-home order and mandatory mask order of Gov. Wolf (which is still in effect), caused us to cancel the in-person meeting and will be totally online.

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You can view or download a copy of the Meeting Agenda at this Link: Meeting Agenda!

Just a couple days ago the level of antipathy and bias against supporters of the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms struck home when I participated in a legal mediation by Zoom conference call. One of the attorneys on the call made a point to call me a lunatic and a p***k for being a believer in the Second Amendment!

I want you to consider that for a moment, that a man dedicated to the law feels that anyone who is too strident about the Bill of Rights and civil rights could be considered a lunatic for that belief! So, within the legal community there is at least an undercurrent of individuals who believe that civil rights, at least regarding the Second Amendment anyway, shouldn’t be strictly adhered to and that anyone that does is guilty of some aberrant behavior!

So, I guess what I’m about to say about the upcoming presidential race and how Joe Biden views the Second Amendment will only prove this constitutionally challenged lawyer right in that one can be criticized for adhering to the language in the Second Amendment.

Second Amendment supporters cannot afford to allow a President Biden and Democrat-controlled Senate to pack the U.S. Supreme Court with anti-gun justices. Especially when leading anti-gun politicians have made clear their intent to not only curtail any future pro-Second Amendment rulings, but to overturn Heller outright. 

On September 25, 2015, Hillary Clinton attended a private fundraiser in Greenwich Village, New York City where she told those gathered, “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.” Shedding further light on what she meant, while speaking at a Democratic candidate forum on February 3, 2016, Clinton told the audience that in considering potential Supreme Court nominees, “I do have a litmus test, I have a bunch of litmus tests, because the next president could get as many as three appointments.” 

Since the death of Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in mid-September, the more outspoken elements of the radical left have called for a total transformation of the high court should the Democratic Party capture the presidency and the U.S. Senate in November. These extreme voices have called for an end to the Senate filibuster in order to enable a purely partisan court-packing scheme that would secure a left-wing majority on the Supreme Court. The strategy amounts to a tacit admission of what many have long suspected – that the plan’s proponents view the federal judiciary as another legislative branch of government that is key to ratifying unconstitutional measures, rather than an independent body tasked with acting as the ultimate defender of the U.S. Constitution.

All the outrage with replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Amy Coney Barrett by the Democrats only serves to illustrate the fact that our dear departed Justice Ginsburg was very comfortable dicing up the Bill of Rights to sue her personal prejudices. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court held for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a handgun. Heller invalidated a D.C. law that in practice amounted to an “absolute prohibition of handguns held … for self-defense in the home.” The Court proclaimed that self-defense is “the central component of the right” to keep and bear arms. Four Justices dissented.

The majority and dissent clashed over whether the right to self-defense with firearms is anachronistic in modern times, when police forces are expected to enforce law and order. The majority observed that although some “[u]ndoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society … where well-trained police forces provide personal security,” it was “not the role of th[e] Court to pronounce the … Amendment extinct.”3 The dissenting Justices, by contrast, asserted that the midnineteenth-century “development of modern urban police departments, by diminishing the need to keep loaded guns nearby in case of intruders, …ha[s] moved any … right” to armed home defense “even further away from the heart of the Amendment’s more basic protective ends.”4

4 554 U.S. at 715 (Breyer, J., joined by Stevens, Souter, & Ginsburg, JJ., dissenting).

Biden has similarly made clear that he does not consider the Second Amendment to protect an individual right to keep and bear arms. During a September 2019 “townhall” event, Biden was asked, “Do you agree with the D.C. v. Heller decision in regards to protecting the individual right to bear arms that are in common use and which are utilized for lawful purposes?” 

Biden responded in part, “If I were on the court, I wouldn’t have made the same ruling. OK, that’s number one.”

Ever since he clinched the Democrat presidential nomination, FOAC has been warning Pennsylvania gun owners that Joe Biden is no “moderate” when it comes to gun control. Simply scrolling through the extensive gun control agenda published on his official campaign website should make that point abundantly clear. It is a wish-list for (and likely compiled by) America’s most ambitious firearm prohibition advocates. Biden’s gun control plans are so voluminous and detailed that they encompass not just guns themselves but each of their individual parts. In fact, if Biden has his way, the sale of gun parts over the Internet would be banned entirely.

If that sounds far-fetched, here is a direct quote from the so-called “BIDEN PLAN TO END OUR GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC”: “Biden will enact legislation to prohibit all online sales of firearms, ammunition, kits, and gun parts.”

Those are his words, not ours.

“[A]ll” online sales of – not just functional firearms or ammunition or even build kits – but “gun parts” would be banned under a Joe Biden administration.

Think about that when you go into the voting booth on Nov. 3rd ‘or’ when you mail in your ballot!

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Anti-Gunner Spotlight: George Soros

With his vast wealth and destructive agenda, George Soros is one of the most dangerously influential people in America today – and that's especially true because of his self-admitted "messianic fantasies."

Gingrich charged on Fox that the "number one problem" behind riots and looting in big cities is "George-Soros-elected Left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys." That triggered a Fox host who interjected, "I'm not sure we need to bring George Soros into this."

"Okay, so it's verboten?" asked a surprised Gingrich. Five painful seconds of silence followed.

Despite media censorship, the truth is that George Soros is bringing chaos to American cities. He's using his millions to purchase district attorneys who refuse to prosecute low-level crimes and practice revolving-door-justice – releasing offenders back into the community with no-cash bail and lenient sentences.

In 2017, the billionaire spent $1.7 million to elect social justice warrior Larry Krasner as Philadelphia's district attorney. Krasner smiled on election night as supporters chanted, "No good cops in a racist system!" and "f--- the FOP!" (the Fraternal Order of Police).

Crime has since soared in Philadelphia. U.S. District Attorney William McSwain hammered Krasner recently for creating a "culture of lawlessness." McSwain charged that "the staggering homicide and shooting rates in Philadelphia are proof that the district attorney's radical experiment has failed."

In Los Angeles, Soros is waging war on law and order by giving $1 million, so far, to make George Gascon LA's next district attorney. As San Francisco DA, Gascon helped make his city a haven for the homeless and increasingly unlivable. He refused to prosecute camping on city sidewalks, public urination, soliciting sex and other crimes.

And in violence-riddled Chicago, Soros has spent $2 million this year to help keep State's Attorney Kim Foxx in office. Under her watch, violent crime in Chicago is way up, with 290 murders and 1,480 shootings in the first seven months of 2020.

But funding progressive prosecutors is just the tip of the Soros iceberg. The 90-year-old radical is spending billions on a laundry list of liberal causes including abortion, LGBT activism, open borders, euthanasia, legalization of prostitution and drugs, judicial "reform," gun control, defunding police, climate alarmism, erosion of U.S. support for Israel, and more.

Soros funnels his largesse through his Open Society Foundations which spends $1 billion annually and is active in 120 nations. Every year, OSF brags, it gives "thousands of grants to groups and individuals who promote our values."

In 2018 alone, Soros poured $708 million into American politics, according to Capital Research Center president Scott Walter.

Say what you will about George Soros, he thinks big. Here's a sampling of his grandiose ambitions:

  • "My goal is to be the conscience of the world."
  • "Many people have messianic visions. The difference is, I've actually lived out my visions." 
  • "The arc of history doesn't follow its own course. It needs to be bent. I am really engaged in trying to bend it in the right direction."

It's ludicrous to suppress and censor discussion of Soros when he's such a huge player on the American political scene. George Soros and his anti-gun, radical agenda is a story every American needs to know.

Guest Article:

The Advantages of Using A Suppressor

By John Kingston

If you’re a gun aficionado, then you might already know what a suppressor is and what are the factors you should consider to buy it. A suppressor is a gun attachment that can dampen the sound released from a gunshot. Therefore, it can improve your safety hazard and decrease the disturbance caused by it. Many people use a suppressor when they are hunting or practicing in a backyard that has a denser population to eliminate the trouble. A .22 suppressor is the most common one due to the prevalent use of .22 rifles. If you want to learn more about that, you can check out the 22 suppressors guide.

However, we are here to focus on the advantages of using a suppressor, so let’s talk about that. Here are the benefits of using a suppressor in your gun:

Maintain Ear Health

If you’re an avid gun user, then you are consistently exposed to the sound of the gunshot. These are loud and can ring the ears for an extended duration. This will impact your sense of hearing, and eventually, you will need a higher volume for anything to be audible to you. As a result? You might develop a condition known as tinnitus if it continues. By using the suppressor, you dampen the sound and make it easier for your ears. Thus, it will help you maintain optimum ear health. Because believe it, the worst-case scenario will indeed be that you turn deaf.

Recoil Reduction

A suppressor works by reducing the release of the gas and other elements without affecting the performance of the bullet. The suppressed release of gas also allows you to have way less recoil than the gun without a suppressor. As such, you can handle the gun better, move it with flexibility, reload, or aim proficiently without sustaining massive kickback from the shots. The reduced kick from the guns also means that you can handle stronger guns more conveniently. So if you were afraid to pick that big boy for the loud bang, attach a suppressor and take it for the ace shots!

Lesser Disturbance

If you’re in an area inhabited by people, then they are bound to get annoyed by your shots. Sooner or later, they may raise complaints. If you’re in a neighborhood with strict noise and disturbance laws, then it becomes increasingly difficult. There is no way for you to practice without getting some form of obstruction. They may even call law enforcement on you, which results in a waste of time. All of this can be eliminated if you use a suppressor. With reduced noise, your neighbors or people of the region will not get offended. They can’t hear a thing, and you can indulge in your favorite activity. Thus, you can carry out your gun’s expedition without any problem.

Enhanced Skill And Performance

As the suppressor reduces the recoil and dampens the sound, you can focus better on your surrounding. It is easier for you to reload the shot, and you can also concentrate on your target better. Without worrying about the recoil, you can again fire shots continually to take down multiple targets. All of this works in your favor and makes you get a competitive edge by improving your efficiency.

Protects Your Hands

If you are using a handgun, then the shots from the gun may release heat from the nozzle. This can cause light burns around your hands or fingers. A suppressor can potentially reduce the impact of the burns on your hands and preserve the health of your skin. It can also decrease the heat mirage produced from the release of the gas. Hence, you can get more precise shots with impeccable accuracy.

Improved Communication

With reduced sound, if you have a partner with you, it will be easier to communicate. The gunshots will not cause any disturbance, and you can cooperate better. This will enable you to have better teamwork to achieve results. Can you imagine the sound of gunshots making it impossible for you to talk without feeling interrupted? All of this can be eliminated with the help of a sound suppressor for your gun.

Does Suppressor Completely Eliminate The Sound?

Many movies have created the fake impression that a suppressor is entirely silent. That is not true at all, there will be sound, but it will dampen down. Thus, a lot of time, it feels like a wisp of air at best. Almost as if someone is whispering. At long range, this sound is inaudible, but if someone is standing close, they can hear it.

Does A Suppressor Decrease The Gun’s Performance?

There are some cases in which the range of the gun might decrease a bit. However, if you invest in a premium-grade suppressor, then the performance will not be affected. At best, there might be a little shift in the bullet’s performance. However, it is barely noticeable. On the contrary, most of these suppressors will enhance the range, accuracy, and performance of your gun.

So Get Yourself A Suppressor

It might seem like a simple attachment, but a suppressor can make a huge difference. The best way for you to understand its benefits is by using it by yourself. Anyone who has ever used a suppressor has never turned to the guns without them. Make sure that you equip the suppressor tightly, and it does not come off. Don’t invest in cheap suppressors. If you have a .22 caliber gun, then check out the 22 suppressors guide. It will help you decode the factors that are vital to get the best suppressor. A silencer or suppressor can be a costly investment. However, in the long run, it is worth every single penny that you will spend. There are various types of suppressors suitable for different guns, terrains, and bullets. So make sure that your suppressor is compatible with the weapon you are using.

With that, have excellent shooting experience. Next time you want to ace your shot, grab a suppressor, and enjoy to your heart’s content!

New Law Review Published: The Right to Armed Self-Defense in the Light of Law Enforcement Abdication

The author describes the argument that the right to armed self-defense is obsolete, going into the most detail of anything published thus far about this past Summer's violence and the anemic law enforcement response, and then provides examples of individuals and groups that countered the violence with armed self-defense.

This law review defends the position that the right of armed self-defense remains important today, in particular in light of the civil unrest of the Summer of 2020. The article proceeds in three parts. The first part will summarize arguments from various prominent commentators that the right to self-defense with firearms is anachronistic in the contemporary United States. These critics argue that Americans can and should rely solely on their local professional police force to protect them.

The second part of the article will focus on how this argument has been undermined by recent events. This section documents in great detail the failures of law enforcement in reaction to looting, rioting, and other forms of illegal behavior that threatened the well-being of the public. First, many police departments received implicit or explicit orders from their political supervisors to "stand down." Second, in many instances, the police themselves were unwilling or unable to combat lawless behavior. If police consistently fail to enforce law and order, the argument against the individual right to bear arms for self-defense purposes significantly weakens.

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3703927

Overall Status of 2nd Amendment Legislation Filed to Date in PA and the US:

2019-2020 Session PA State Bills (updated)

  • Pro-Gun Bills: 56
  • Anti-Gun Bills: 87

2019-2020 Session Federal Bills (updated)

  • Pro-Gun Bills: 66
  • Anti-Gun Bills: 151

1st Point to Ponder: The Stage is Set for Pennsylvania Election Fraud

With the November 3 election only 27 days away Pennsylvania still has Very Dirty voter rolls especially in three counties. If you look at a map of Pennsylvania you will see that the counties with the worst voter rolls are surrounding Philadelphia. These three counties have a total population of 1,220,000 people and only 17 names total have been removed from their voter rolls!

Very often the real story lies behind the curtain.

It has now been learned that the State of Pennsylvania and three Pennsylvania counties admitted they reported incorrect information to a federal agency concerning the removal of ineligible voters from their voter rolls. In April,  Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against Pennsylvania and three of its counties for failing to make reasonable efforts to remove ineligible voters from their rolls, as required by the federal National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) (Judicial Watch v. Pennsylvania, et al (No. 1:02-at-06000)).  
Federal regulations require Pennsylvania to certify to the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) the number of voter registrations removed from the rolls under the NVRA because the voter has moved out of state. According to data the State certified to the EAC in the most recent two-year reporting period: 

  • Bucks County, with about 457,000 registrations, removed a total of eight names under the relevant NVRA procedures; 
  • Chester County, with about 357,000 registrations, removed five names under those procedures; and 
  • Delaware County, with about 403,000 registrations, removed four names under those procedures. 

In recent court filings, Pennsylvania admitted it had certified incorrect data to the EAC.

Anti-Gunners – Comments on Guns:

'Everytown' Staffer Admits the Group Is Scheming Voters and Is Afraid the NRA Will Find Out

"You gotta beat their propagandaists. That's the problem," Bederka said with a smirk, referring to gun rights' groups.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/10/06/watch-everytown-staffer-admits-the-group-is-scheming-voters-and-is-afraid-the-n2577610

We wish you a great weekend and stay safe!

Yours in Freedom!

Kim Stolfer, President

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You may have heard the terms “Cultural Marxism,” “Critical Theory” or “Frankfurt School” bandied about. And while you might have an intuitive approximation of what these terms mean for America in the 21st century, there’s a good chance that you don’t know much about the deep theory, where the ideology comes from and what it has planned for America – and the world. more

  • 2A Festival Set To Draw Thousands To PA Town

Posted at 1:00 pm on October 6, 2020 by Cam Edwards more

  • Six Most Misleading Claims from Joe Biden

Former vice president and 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden has misled the public on multiple occasions throughout his career. more

  • From Walter Reed, Trump Issues Blunt Reminder To 2A Voters

The president must be feeling better, or at least good enough for a old-fashioned tweet storm. Monday morning, Donald Trump issued a series of election-related tweets including one aimed at gun owners in Virginia. more

  • New Details In Rittenhouse Shootings May Bolster Self-Defense Claims

Attorneys for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year old from Illinois who’s facing murder and assault charges in the shootings of three people during riots and unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in late August, are scheduled to appear in court this week to fight the extradition of Rittenhouse back to Wisconsin to stand trial. The lawyers for the teenager have consistently argued that their client was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, and continued to act in self-defense when he was attacked by Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz as they pursued him as he was heading towards Kenosha police to turn himself in. more

  • Swalwell Reminds Us That Democrats Won't Stop With A Gun Ban

As Americans continue purchasing firearms in record numbers, anti-gun congressman Eric Swalwell is out with a new opinion piece calling for a ban and “buyback” of millions of legally-owned firearms, claiming that the measure wouldn’t violate the Constitution and would only cost a “pittance” in financial terms (though his proposed $17-billion price tag seems pretty steep to me, given the fact that it do far more to turn legal gun owners into criminals than it would to stop criminal acts of violence). more

Legal Issues

  • Urge the Dept of Justice to Change ATF's Arbitrary Ruling of Honey Badger

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) recently informed firearm manufacturer Q, LLC that, in ATF’s view, Q’s “Honey Badger” pistol with stabilizing brace is actually a short-barreled rifle and therefore subject to the National Firearms Act (“NFA”). The NRA strongly disagrees with this arbitrary, inequitable, and incorrect determination by ATF that puts millions of firearms owners in danger of federal prosecution. more

  • California Sues BATFE Over "Ghost Guns"

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has joined with gun control advocates in filing a federal lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, demanding that the agency begin classifying unfinished frames and receivers as “firearms” under federal law, which would require that they be serialized and that buyers undergo background checks when purchasing them from retailers. more

  • This PA Court Decision Could Gut The 2A

A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a ruling on Monday that, if upheld, could upend the firearms manufacturing industry and allow for a flood of junk lawsuits designed to put gun companies out of business. On today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co, Larry Keane, the senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation joins me to talk about the court’s decision and why its inherently flawed analysis should be overturned by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court. more

  • 9th Circuit Panel Hears Challenge To Carry Law

A challenge to Hawaii’s ban on the open carrying of a firearm without a license received another day in court on Thursday, as attorneys for the state and a resident challenging the law squared off in front of an en banc panel of judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case of Young vs. Hawaii is an important case when it comes to the right-to-carry, and a three judge panel on the court of appeals has already ruled that the law violates the constitutional rights of residents by requiring them to demonstrate a “justifiable need” to carry beyond the right of self-defense. more

  • Judge Rules Zoning Rule Doesn't Violate Second Amendment

In this day and age, it seems like everyone is out after the Second Amendment. Local, state, and federal officials all seem to be gunning for our right to keep and bear arms. No pun intended. OK, maybe a little bit intended. more

Self-Defense Issues

  • Suggestions for Efficient Dry Fire Practice at Home

We are in the midst of COVID 19 reality, and even for those who are back to work we are generally doing far less in our normal routine. One thing that many shooters are finding diminished or absent is live fire training with their handgun. While shooting ammunition through your gun regularly is an essential part of skills development, a great way to offset the diminishment of your skillset is to embrace a daily routine of dry fire. Dry fire is actually just as critical in training as is live fire, and most contemporary top-shelf competitive shooters spend more time dry firing than live firing their gun more

  • Video Shows Why Police Don't Screw Around With Knives

Contrary to what many want to claim, the police aren’t out there looking for people to shoot. While there may be some officers who are more likely to pull the trigger than others, there aren’t legions of men and women with badges looking to gun people down for sport. more

  • Michigan Self-Defense: Man shot by property owner after breaking into barn in St. Clair County

CLYDE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — A man caught breaking into a pole barn in Clyde Township was shot after driving his vehicle at the owner of the property, authorities say. more

  • Washington Self-Defense: APD looking for suspect after incident in Aberdeen

Aberdeen, WA – Aberdeen Police are looking for a suspect after an incident today at the intersection on Simpson Ave. and Conger St. more

  • Pennsylvania Self-Defense: Police: Turtle Creek man shot and killed by girlfriend after hours of abuse

A 24-year-old man killed in Turtle Creek early Saturday morning was shot by his girlfriend after hours of domestic abuse, according to Allegheny County police. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office identified the man as Nigel Broadus. more

  • Arizona Self-Defense: Woman shoots intruder armed with knife in her Mesa home

MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A Mesa woman shot a man who broke into her home and threatened her with a knife. more