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PA Bill Number: SB531

Title: In general provisions, providing for findings regarding firearms and ammunition; and, in preemptions, providing for regulation of firearms and ...

Description: In general provisions, providing for findings regarding firearms and ammunition; and, in preemptions, providing for regulation of firearms a ...

Last Action: Removed from table

Last Action Date: Jul 15, 2020

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FOAC Monthly Meeting - 09/13/2020
South Fayette Township Municipal Bldg. 515 Millers Run Road, Morgan, PA


FOAC Monthly Meeting - 10/11/2020
South Fayette Township Municipal Bldg. 515 Millers Run Road, Morgan, PA


US General Election - 11/3/2020
United States of America 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

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Weekly Newsletters

FOAC's Weekly Message For Saturday August 8th 2020 :: 08/08/2020

The August FOAC Membership Meeting (Aug. 9th) 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.

Meeting Connection Details (also available at the end of the newsletter) are as follows:

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday July 26th 2020 :: 07/26/2020

Politics are real and impactful no matter how much we want to turn our heads away. Politics sets priorities between competing public interests. The process is never perfect. It gets ugly when existing political interests work against your individual rights.

This is why Plato once famously said, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

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FOAC's July 12th Meeting Notice w-Linked Agenda :: 07/11/2020

The July FOAC Membership Meeting (July 12th) 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 and mandatory mask order of Gov. Wolf (which has been reengaged, and in consideration of everyone’s health), we have found it necessary to cancel the in-person meeting and will be holding July’s meeting totally online. The details for connection to this meeting are available here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84337417548 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!

When I use the term Firearm Preemption Law (Title 18, Section 6120), what does that mean to you? It really doesn’t sound that sexy or eye-catching does it? Would it be surprising to you to know that FOAC has been particularly focused on this issue going back into the early 90s? So, what would happen if Pennsylvania preemption law was overturned by the courts?

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday June 28th 2020 :: 06/28/2020

With confirmed reports coming in that as many as 2-million Americans have purchased their first gun in just the past six months, some folks are starting to think about the impact that these new Second Amendment enthusiasts could have on the November elections.

As much as I’d love to think that every new gun owner is going to turn into a voter who will prioritize Constitutional Freedoms over party politics, you and I both know that isn’t going to be the case. There will be plenty of left-leaning new gun owners who cast their votes for anti-gun Democrats in November, even if they now object to a candidate’s position on the Second Amendment.

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FOAC's June 14th Meeting Notice w-Linked Agenda :: 06/13/2020

The June FOAC Membership Meeting (June 14th-FLAG Day) will be held once again online for all members and interested Second Amendment advocates. As we noted last month, because of the Pennsylvania Covid-19 Statewide Response to the Corona Virus, and in consideration of everyone’s health, we have found it necessary to cancel the in-person meeting (normally held at the South Fayette Twp. Municipal Bldg.) and will be holding June’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!

PA Primary Developments Overview: Primary Overview Click Here!

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FOAC's Weekly Message For Sunday June 7th 2020 :: 06/07/2020

Beginning in early May we have had to make a choice as an organization to focus on the June 2nd Primary Elections and to that end we have engaged with literally tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians through emails in support of candidates who support the Second Amendment. That is, of course, our main focus but we have run headlong into a horrible problem that is only getting worse ever since the beginning of 2020, interference by big tech.  Big Tech has denied and deleted 'Tens-of-Thousands' of other e-mails because they didn't like the content and our efforts!

That's right, we were denied the ability to communicate with 'Tens-of-Thousands' of MORE 2A supporters in PA because of intentional interference in our efforts and we CAN'T even sue becaue Congress has protected them!!!

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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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