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PA Bill Number: HB1423

Title: In school safety and security, further providing for school safety and security training; providing for threat assessment; and, in school health ...

Description: In school safety and security, further providing for school safety and security training; providing for threat assessment; and, in school health ... ...

Last Action: Laid on the table

Last Action Date: Sep 17, 2019

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Kim Stolfer's Story on Hannity TODAY & 3pm! :: 05/03/2013

Yup, you heard that right. Rose Tennent from the Quinn & Rose radio show broadcast out of Pittsburgh, PA on 104.7 will be filling in for Sean Hannity's radio show today starting & 3:00pm.


After Crushing Defeat, Obama and Gun Grabbers to Revive Effort :: 05/02/2013

After Obama-backed legislation imposing more infringements on the right to keep and bear arms suffered a crushing defeat in the U.S. Senate despite shrill media hysteria and the trumpeting of bogus polls, the president and anti-Second Amendment lawmakers are quietly working to revive the controversial push for gun control.


Toomey Damage Control :: 04/30/2013

I, and many of you, have no doubt received a letter in response to your complaints to Senator Toomey. Here's his response, in full. My comments are highlighted in yellow. This is pure damage control, and Toomey has said, as recently as yesterday that the Senate has voted, and this issue is done. Senator Manchin, on the other hand, just won't let go. Please read, and see where I'm calling Senator Toomey on parts of his answer. Please make note that this editorial is my own personal opinion, and does not necessarily represent the views of the Board of Directors of Firearm Owners Against Crime, or any affiliated organizations.


Illigitimae Non Carborundum :: 04/28/2013

Loosely translated from Latin, the phrase means "Don't Let the Bastards Wear you Down". Its time to jump on our Congress Critters again. The willful violation of the Arms Export Control Act of 1976, and the mis-use of executive privilege by the President cannot be tolerated.


Arkansas To Become Fifth State with Constitutional Carry :: 04/26/2013

In July of this year, Arkansas will become the fifth state in the United States to allow Constitutional carry. Act 746, which was sponsored by Representative Denny Altes of Fort Smith, cruised through the state government with only one “nay” vote in the legislature and it received Governor Mike Beebe’s signature on April 4th.


House Bill 357 gains momentum :: 04/24/2013

PLEASE read this. I was in Daryl Metcalfe's office yesterday when thousands of signatures were brought to him on a petition to advance HB 357. Do NOT stop calling YOUR rep, and forcing this bill out of committee and onto the House Floor.


So, how did our members respond to Toomey? Here's one guy's response, and I think it echoes all of our thoughts. :: 04/20/2013

Not everybody got a quote in the news, but our own Tim Sorady did.


Bloomberg Shills attempting to make Pro-Gun folks look like fools. :: 04/17/2013

Here's an article from GunsAmerica, and it really makes sense. Be careful what you read, believe, and pass along. The anti-gunners will stoop lower than we can believe to advance their anti-Freedom stance.


Kathleen Kane Defies the PA Legislature-Again! Changes Reciprocity with Arizona and Virginia! :: 04/15/2013

After exceeding the spirit of PA law that allows the AG to enter into Reciprocity Agreements (Title 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6109(k)), Kathleen Kane has thumbed her nose at Pennsylvanians again. After her "success" in closing the so called Florida Loophole, she has now attacked Arizona and Virginia. Your non-resident permits or licenses from those two States are null and void. Read more to see the entire summary of all reciprocity agreements.


Letter to Senator Toomey :: 04/13/2013

Senator Toomey:


Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Gun Bill :: 04/12/2013

Toomey-Schumer Gun Bill Contains Potential Caveat to Gun Registry Prohibition


Here's the Only Thing That Matters About the NRA's Stance on a Gun Bill :: 04/10/2013

Shortly after 11 a.m., my inbox rattled with the arrival of an article marked "Buzzfeed Scoop: NRA staying neutral on gun control compromise." The story, by Ruby Cramer, described an NRA that was staying out of the Manchin-Toomey fight -- a breakthrough if true.


NRA Says Background Check Compromise Won't Work :: 04/10/2013

As Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania prepare to roll out a bill on expanded background checks for gun purchases Wednesday morning, the National Rifle Association has been in talks with both senators, but remains neutral on the deal, according to Manchin’s office.


State Rep. Steve Santarsiero call for vote on bipartisan bill to require universal background checks for firearms in Pa. :: 04/10/2013

HARRISBURG (APRIL 10) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane joined state Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, in his call for a vote on his universal background check legislation for firearms purchases (H.B. 1010) at a Capitol news conference today.

“Right now in Pennsylvania, criminals may lawfully purchase an assault rifle even though it is illegal for that same criminal to purchase a handgun,” Santarsiero said. “I and the people standing here with me today are among the 95 percent of Pennsylvanians who believe that is something that needs to be fixed.”

Santarsiero explained that a loophole in Pennsylvania’s background check laws allows private, non-licensed sellers to sell long-barrel guns, including assault rifles, without conducting a background check on the buyer. Santarsiero’s legislation would close this loophole by requiring all sales and transfers (except familial transfers) to undergo a universal background check, including sales by non-licensed sellers.

Recent public opinion polling shows overwhelming support for universal background checks for the purchase of firearms, even among firearms owners. Santarsiero said H.B. 1010 would bring consistency to the law.

“A clear majority of Americans, Pennsylvanians and even gun owners support universal background checks as a commonsense law to help keep our communities safer from gun violence,” Santarsiero said during the news conference in the Capitol Media Center. “While federal legislation would bring greater consistency across the nation, we can no longer wait for Congress to act.”

Santarsiero was flanked by scores of Pennsylvanians who came to Harrisburg to lobby House Judiciary Committee members to vote in favor of H.B. 1010.

“Not only does this legislation have bipartisan support in the House, but it also has the support of many in the law enforcement community, including our state’s top law enforcement agent, Attorney General Kathleen Kane,” Santarsiero said.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police has called for federal, state, local and tribal laws to close the loopholes that allow people who would fail a background check to purchase firearms legally through private sales.

Several mayors, as well as other representatives from gun safety groups, attended the news conference in support of H.B. 1010. Groups endorsing the legislation include Ceasefire PA, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Bucks Safe, The Peace Center, Keystone Progress and Bucks Against Gun Violence.

Santarsiero explained that H.B. 1010 would make for a more consistent system for conducting gun sales by requiring them to occur through a gun dealer with a Federal Firearms License. He said this process includes the background check and preserves the effectiveness of the laws in place and protects responsible gun owners.

“We know that passing H.B. 1010 will not stop all gun violence. No bill or group of bills will do that,” Santarsiero said. “But consider this: over its 15-year history, the Pennsylvania Instant Check System, or PICS, has enabled the state police to stop over 100,000 people from illegally obtaining firearms. In that same period, PICS has resulted in the successful prosecution of over 2,150 criminals. It’s time to expand that success.”

If H.B. 1010 is enacted into law, Pennsylvania would be the 6th state to close the loophole for background checks on long guns in private sales. California, New York, Rhode Island, Colorado and Connecticut all have universal background check laws.

“It has been nearly four months since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. I represent Newtown, Pennsylvania, where more than a common community name first sent a wave of sorrow washing over mothers and fathers who watched the horrible news that day,” Santarsiero said. “We cannot undo the past. We cannot prevent every tragedy in the future. But we can and must take reasonable steps to make our communities and state safer. If we do it for no one else, let’s do it for our children. They deserve a vote!”

Santarsiero represents all of Lower Makefield and Newtown townships, all of Yardley and Newtown boroughs and half of Upper Makefield Township in Bucks County.


Special Alert - Toomey In Talks over Universal Background Checks :: 04/09/2013

Senator Pat Toomey is engaged in talks with Governor Joe Manchin of West Virginia regarding universal background checks. We ask that you contact Senator Toomey to tell him that you are opposed to universal background checks.


What does the cop on the street think about new gun laws, ammo bans, magazine capacity restrictions? :: 04/09/2013

This will come as no surprise to those of us who know cops on the street. Quoting from the article "Breaking down the results, it's important to note that 70 percent of respondents are field-level law enforcers - those who are face-to-face in the fight against violent crime on a daily basis - not office-bound, non-sworn administrators or perpetually-campaigning elected officials." Also quoting from the article "1.) Virtually all respondents (95 percent) say that a federal ban on manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds would not reduce violent crime."


What happened to the Senator Toomey we thought we knew? :: 04/09/2013

The press now reports Senator Pat Toomey is the top Republican working for a deal to pass Obama's gun control. Not only is Toomey REFUSING to support Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee's filibuster of Obama's gun control package; he's actually working behind the scenes to help Obama PASS new gun control. And his action is critical because a dozen or so weak-kneed Republicans and squishy Democrats wait in the wings, ready to pass this anti-gun nightmare if Toomey will lead the surrender.


Character and Reputation Clause :: 04/09/2013

New York, just as Pennsylvania, has a "character and reputation" clause in its License to Carry Firearms statutes. FOAC has been firmly against it for years. Here's a reason, from New York, why "character and reputation" can be used capriciously against any gun owners.


Obama Lies About Gun Used in Sandy Hook School Shooting :: 04/05/2013

Obama was at it again last night, claiming in a San Francisco speech speech that the rifle Adam Lanza used to murder 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last December was "a fully automatic weapon." This was no slip of the tongue; Obama initially called the rifle "a semi-automatic weapon," then immediately "corrected" himself:


Bloomberg recruits another thug into MAIG :: 04/04/2013

We told you, Mr. Blooperberger, you keep screwing up, and we'll be delighted to report on it. Don't you spend some of your cash on vetting criminals before accepting them into MAIG? And this character used a gun? We gotta give you credit, Boombox, you are becoming the best advertisement we have when we say NO MORE NEW GUN LAWS!


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