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PA Bill Number: HB102

Title: In hunting and furtaking licenses, further providing for eligibility for license.

Description: In hunting and furtaking licenses, further providing for eligibility for license. ...

Last Action: Presented to the Governor

Last Action Date: May 28, 2020

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Pennsylvania Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally - 06/8/2020
Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex 501 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA


FOAC Monthly Meeting - 06/14/2020
South Fayette Township Municipal Bldg. 515 Millers Run Road, Morgan, PA


FOAC Monthly Meeting - 07/12/2020
South Fayette Township Municipal Bldg. 515 Millers Run Road, Morgan, PA

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Weekly Newsletters

FOAC's May 10th Meeting Notice w-Linked Agenda :: 05/09/2020

The May FOAC Membership Meeting (May 10th) will be held once again online for all members and interested Second Amendment advocates. As we noted last month, because of the stay-at-home order of Gov. Wolf (which has been extended until June 4th), and in consideration of everyone’s health, we have found it necessary to cancel the in-person meeting and will be holding May’s meeting totally online. The details for connection to this meeting are available at the link for the meeting and at the end of this newsletter. You can view or download a copy of the Meeting Agenda at this Link: Meeting Agenda!

**We also want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the precious women in our lives who deal with so much these days!

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday April 26th 2020 :: 04/26/2020

We are fast approaching the June 2, 2020 Primary Election and with all of this coronavirus craziness this has been one of the most chaoticand unpredictable primary elections that I can remember, especially in interacting with the candidates! I find myself constantly shaking my head, after 30 years of being involved in politics, at the lack of preparation of candidates running for office on the issues. If anything, it’s gotten worse!

As an example, our questionnaire asks definitive and probing questions with the desire to see if candidates will take the opportunity to use all of the technological diversity of the current age at their disposal to educate themselves considering the complexity of the gun control debate as well as the intermingled Second Amendment issues. Don’t you think that’s a fair expectation? Perhaps it’s just me, but I marvel at the shallowness of candidate’s thoughts on issues. I only wish each one of you could hear just how unprepared so very many of these candidates are to deal with the countervailing forces in Harrisburg and DC!

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday April 12th 2020 :: 04/12/2020

The April FOAC Membership Meeting (April 19th) was originally scheduled to be held tomorrow, April 12th, however it was re-scheduled for April 19th due to the Easter Holiday. Unfortunately, because of the stay-at-home order of Gov. Wolf, and in consideration of everyone’s health, we have found it necessary to cancel the in-person meeting.

Thus far we have had several requests to hold the meeting online, or through the Zoom application where we normally offer everyone throughout Pennsylvania the opportunity to join us already. If you would be interested in doing this please send us a message at zoom@foacpac.org and let us know if you would like to try out that option for April 19 and if you have a preferable time. If we get enough interest, we would be happy to hold the meeting online to bring everyone up to speed with what’s going on.

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday March 29th 2020 :: 03/29/2020

We all know we are faced with a difficult time and the developments here in Pennsylvania, along with many other states, has presented us with a situation that has exposed the bias in government regarding our constitutional freedoms. I have wrestled with the many issues we have encountered in the last two weeks because it seems nearly impossible to condense it down into a readable format without making this newsletter nearly impossible to digest!

So, it seemed logical to try and break up and synopsize the issues as much as humanly possible and I will begin with the actions of Gov. Wolf in implementing the shelter in place orders and the essential/nonessential businesses and how it has impacted citizens’ rights.

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FOAC's The 'Blast' Newsletter and March 8th 2020 Meeting Notice w-Agenda :: 03/07/2020

The March FOAC Membership Meeting (March 8th) will focus on the rapidly developing PA Primary races and the upcoming special elections as well as the many issues facing the defense of the 2nd Amendment from the incredibly important upcoming elections to the steadily growing gun control threat throughout Pennsylvania and the Nation. We hope you can join us!

This meeting will be in the Community Room of the South Fayette Municipal Bldg. which is our normal meeting room, next to the library. We will have the Zoom online meeting option available for everyone who can’t make the meeting physically by clicking on this link: https://zoom.us/j/802388529

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday February 23rd 2020 :: 02/23/2020

Since the creation of FOAC (nearly 27 years ago), we have constantly advocated for putting pressure on the political process through the advocacy of grassroots politics and investing gunowners in that process! Time after time it has been shown that when average citizens who believe in the Second Amendment get involved, we can control the political debate in ways far better than any other way. We have seen just recently in Virginia how the passion of citizens to respond to unconstitutional attacks on the average citizen’s rights can be blunted by an outpouring of passion and energy in opposing gun control!

In the mid-90s here in Pennsylvania, we experienced a similar attack on the right to bear arms through the passage of Special Session House Bill 110 or as was known after passage Act 17 and one of the little-known extraordinary fights that came about as part of this horrible gun control Bill was protecting the rights of gunowners from disclosure of firearms ownership to the public. This is a fight that is going on now all across America where laws were created that did not protect citizens from fishing expeditions by media and anti-gun forces, California is the most recent example! Ironically it was the media exposure of Sen. Vince Fumo’s gun ownership information that resulted in the legislature acting swiftly to provide those protections currently in Pennsylvania law.

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FOAC's The 'Blast' Newsletter & February 9th 2020 Meeting Notice w-Agenda :: 02/08/2020

All too often in today’s contentious political environment we find too many groups which claim the sky is falling to promote their own personal organizational or financial efforts. You go to a rally and someone tries to monetize the altruistic effort to benefit themselves! The real problem with all of this is that the average citizen/gun owner does not know who to trust and becomes jaded in constantly being asked for money by groups which many times and up drifting into the shadows with nothing to show for all the donations they collect.

Why is that important?

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Monday February 3rd 2020 :: 02/03/2020

As the 2020 Pennsylvania elections begin to take shape it is becoming eerily apparent just how closely we resemble 2019 Virginia in 'our' upcoming statewide elections. By now most gunowners, if not all, are distinctly aware of the problems that are occurring for law-abiding gun owners because of the elections in 2019. The Democrats have taken a sweeping majority in both House and Senate as well as the Gov.’s office and the Atty. Gen.

The changes referenced above have resulted in devastating changes and MANY gun control proposals in the legislature that portend the evisceration of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in this once free and proud bastion of the Constitution. More on that later…

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday January 19th 2020 :: 01/19/2020

The controversy in Virginia over the Democrat takeover of statewide politicas and their fixation on draconian gun control has completely overshadowed the 2A/gun control debate. The nearly continuous spewing of lies from gun control groups on the 2nd Amendment and how they ONLY want reasonable gun laws has been exposed once and for all. Not ONE single gun control group has objected in any way to what is occurring in Virginia. NEVER FORGET THIS!

On top of that, I believe it is important to remember just ‘how’ Virginia got in the mess!

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FOAC's The 'Blast' Newsletter & January 12th 2020 Meeting Notice w-Agenda :: 01/11/2020

The January FOAC Membership Meeting (Jan. 12th) will start off the new year by examining the many issues facing the defense of the 2nd Amendment from the incredibly important upcoming elections to the steadily growing gun control threat throughout Pennsylvania and the Nation. We hope you can join us!

This meeting will be in the Senior Citizens Center of the South Fayette Municipal Bldg. which is on the opposite side from our normal meeting room. We will have the Zoom online meeting option still available for everyone who can’t make the meeting physically by clicking on this link: https://zoom.us/j/709303479?pwd=T2w4dERnb3k4NUtpWi9ZRS9FY1lkUT09 - we need your support and involvement more than ever!

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday December 29th 2019 :: 12/29/2019

As 2019 draws to a close, and we look ahead to 2020, I hope you have been closely following what's going on in Virginia! More than 100 Virginia cities and counties have declared themselves to be "Second Amendment Sanctuaries," and thousands of outraged gun owners have shown up at government meetings to demand this action. This is not organized. It's a true grassroots movement.

Pennsylvanians must realize that our neighbor to the South is ‘not’ the first state to go ‘full stupid’ (Washington, California, New Jersey, Maryland are a few) and that our state is surrounded on three sides with these same attitudes! All of us need to heed the words and capture the spirit of their two most distinguished founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who wrote the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions. These resolutions referred to the federal government but are just as applicable to state governments in principle. They said: "Resolved, That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government ... and whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force."

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday December 22nd 2019 :: 12/22/2019

This past week freedom loving Pennsylvanians and gunowners were treated to two spectacles. The first was Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Josh Shapiro confirming, once again, his anti-gun credentials by taking the law into his own hands by declaring that 80% receivers are now to be considered as firearms for the purposes of the Pennsylvania uniform firearms act and firearms transfers!

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has issued a legal opinion that reportedly rules “80%” receivers and frames are now considered to be firearms.

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FOAC's Top Weekly News Stories for the week of December 15, 2019 :: 12/15/2019

First, I want to bring to your attention a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Legislative Alert! On Monday, December 16, the State Government Committee will meet (time is yet to be determined) to conduct a voting meeting on HR 206. This legislation is intended to add Pennsylvania’s call for the convening of a “Convention of the States” for the purposes of engaging an Article V Constitutional Convention. This is a most dangerous concept and it does not spring from any particular defect in the Constitution but from a failure on the part of our current government to hold government officials accountable.

FOAC is, and has been, clear on this issue ever since 1994 (yes, that’s how long they have been trying to push this through) and we are completely and irrevocably opposed to a Constitutional Convention! Attached to this message is my testimony to the legislature and that testimony outlines many of the problems with buying into this misguided concept. Perhaps one of the most duplicitous aspects is that we somehow expect that those picked as delegates for the Constitutional convention will have the same altruistic outlook as did our founding fathers! When one factors in the former and then considers the influence that big-money financiers like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros would have on this process it is easy to fathom just how dangerous this course of action is. In fact, the Convention of the States issue IS being funded by billionaires (Koch Foundation) as well!

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FOAC's The 'Blast' Newsletter & Dec. 8, 2019 Holiday Meeting Notice w-Agenda :: 12/07/2019

The December FOAC Membership Meeting (Dec. 8th) will be the final meeting of the 2019 and, as is our tradition, we will follow the meeting with our end of the year Christmas Party. Every two years FOAC elects @50% of the Board of Directors and the results of this biennial election will be announced at this meeting as well.

Since this meeting will be held at a different location we are hopeful that the Wi-Fi signal will allow us to connect to the internet so that FOAC members and gun owners can join us, through the Zoom Link, for the meeting portion from home or by cell phone, instead of in person, our internet meeting portal will be available to all at this link: https://zoom.us/j/156448331 which is open to not only FOAC members ‘but’ ALL gun owners interested in defending Freedom. (more meeting details below or at this link – (https://foac-pac.org/Events/256). We will make every effort to provide the meeting portal but the facility may not, in the long run, be up to allowing this option.

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday December 1st 2019 :: 12/01/2019

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I was able to watch one of my favorite movies, The Last Samurai, which I highly recommend! In watching it again, I was struck by the similarity between the theme in the movie and our current struggles in our society; we are experiencing a clash of two cultures. In the movie, the Samurai are facing a movement to brush aside traditional values in favor of the new modern era and not only government but also military affairs. The concepts that the Samurai faced in this era, we now face today in America! We are at risk of losing our cultural heritage of basic freedoms, limited government, accountability for one’s actions, everything that has made America great and the most powerful nation in the world!

Just like the characters in this movie, we, gunowners, face enormous challenges that will test our resolve in defending the very basic freedoms that all of us hold dear. Throughout the history of our world every culture and nation has faced challenges similar to what is before us today, many have succumbed to the pressures of that time. It will be up to each of us to rise to this challenge for if we falter in our determination to protect who we are then time will judge us harshly! I’m reminded of the comment by Benjamin Franklin at the conclusion of the deliberations for our Constitution wherein he said on September 18, 1787, to Mrs. Powel, who anxiously awaited the results, wherein she asked him directly: "Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" "A republic if you can keep it" responded Ben Franklin. So many amongst us do not even seem to understand the differences between a democracy and a Republic that, after watching the last samurai, I feel concerned as to whether or not we have enough true Americans who believe in Freedom left!

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday November 24th 2019 :: 11/24/2019

Does the hypocrisy of the Anti-Gun crowd make you wonder if they're actually capable of rational thought? Even the former President of the anti-gun group The Brady Campaign has spoken about this!  As an example, I’m sure you have heard some anti-gunner ‘or’ oblivious individual say, “Nobody needs an AR-15,” or “Nobody needs a gun in their home,” or “Nobody needs to carry a gun in public.”

The implication is that if you don't “need” a gun, you shouldn't have one.

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday November 17th 2019 :: 11/17/2019

Gov. Wolf’s ‘holiday treat’ for gun owners comes wrapped up in his ‘special’, executive order inspired, Council on Gun Violence which is beginning a series of five hearings to discuss how to “make all Pennsylvanians safer whether they live in a city or rural area”. Interestingly enough it is also occurring just as the end of the first half of the legislative session for the Pennsylvania house and Senate which is known as Sine Die, will occur in November and December (see the schedule below).

PA Legislature -Sine Die - Upcoming Session Days:

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday November 3rd 2019 :: 11/03/2019

This past week has been a bad one for the City of Pittsburgh! Thanks to your donations and hard work, that has kept us in the legal preemption battle, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge James ruled ‘against’ ALL the gun control ordinances signed into law by Pgh. Mayor Peduto! THANK YOU!

It didn’t take long for several things to happen; the first was Mayor Peduto and council members to proclaim their intent to ‘appeal’ this ‘unfortunate’ ruling against them. Considering this is what the mercenary lawyers from the anti-gun group Everytown, who were/are representing Pgh., said in oral arguments before Judge James "we expected this and intend to appeal the decision".  This demonstrated that the City of Pittsburgh 'knew' that they would lose but chose to pursue this intentionally!

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday October 20th 2019 :: 10/20/2019

Democrat Presidental Debates appear to be ‘all’ about Trashing the Constitution (so much for their ‘Oath of Office’) and this was on full display in Tuesday night’s Democrat presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio, featured 12 candidates. That’s the most crowded debate stage in presidential primary history, but one designed to complete their collective constituency voter strategy in the general campaign. The three-hour spectacle was full of lies, divisive politics, and unconstitutional proposals. As is our custom, we’ll digest a few of the lowlights.  (Full transcript here.)

Political Feeding Frenzy Shifts Focus to the new frontrunner

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FOAC's The 'Blast' Newsletter & October 13, 2019 Meeting Notice w-Agenda :: 10/12/2019

The October FOAC Membership Meeting (Oct. 13th) is going to follow the Fall FOAC Gun Bash (Saturday) and we will cover in detail the hearings in the PA Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 24 & 25 as well as the final preparations for the 2019 General Election. It is clear that with the legislature coming back into session this month that gun owners will have to be especially alert for developments in the House and Senate at the state and federal levels. Furthermore, there is a continuing effort to push an Article V Constitutional Convention through a state call for a Convention of the States – HR 206. On October 22nd the PA House State Government Committee will be holding a hearing that FOAC has been invited to testify at. This upcoming hearing and issue will be a focus of the FOAC October Membership Meeting.

The continuing debate over Gun-Control is, at its’ heart, the belief that disarming honest people will somehow stop criminals. That may be, at a superficial level, an emotionally appealing theory, BUT does gun-control work in practice? Now that we have new FBI crime data at hand, we don’t have to guess if gun-control reduces violent crime. The answers might surprise you as we look from coast to coast. So, DOES gun control save lives or cost them?

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