Critical firearm pre-emption legislation is being considered in Pennsylvania’s House Judiciary Committee today.
HB 671 would further clarify existing law to ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the Keystone State. Prior pre-emption legislation was passed in 2014, but was struck down by the state Supreme Court last year for violating the state’s “single subject” rule for legislative process.
As NRA-ILA pointed out in a recent grassroots alert, firearms pre-emption was enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature over three decades ago to avoid the possibility of a complex patchwork of regulations across the state, which can make it difficult for responsible firearm owners to ensure they are following the law. However, in recent years many local governments have enacted gun control ordinances in violation of this current law.
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Pennsylvania gun owners are urged to contact committee members and ask them to support HB 671. You can contact them directly byclicking here.
AG Sessions: Remove Handcuffs From Cops And Put Them Back On Criminals
Writing in USA TODAY on Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions pointed out how the Obama administration’s use of consent decrees to impose restrictive policies upon local law enforcement has resulted in a surge in urban crime.
Obama AG Eric Holder’s Justice Department forced urban police departments to adopt sweeping policies that hindered cops. The result: “In Chicago, arrests have fallen 36 percent since 2014 to the lowest level in at least 16 years,” wrote Sessions. “… out of more than 500 non-fatal shootings in early 2016, only seven resulted in any sort of arrest.” In Baltimore, arrests fell 45 percent while homicides rose 78 percent. Shootings more than doubled.
“When proactive policing declines and violent crime rises, minority communities get hit the hardest,” Sessions wrote. “We will not sign consent decrees for political expediency that will cost more lives by handcuffing the police instead of the criminals.”
After Successful Tour, Black Guns Matter Is Targeting All 50 States
Last year, Maj Toure began an effort to raise funds that would enable him to take his Black Guns Matter program on a 50-state tour. The training and education program is designed to educate inner-city residents about their rights and responsibilities when it comes to firearms.
In 2016 Toure took his message to 13 cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Compton, Detroit, Oakland and Philadelphia. The response was overwhelmingly supportive, and demand keeps growing. “People were saying, ‘You didn’t come to my town,’” Toure told Guns.com.
Toure hopes to keep the movement going in 2017 and beyond. His GoFundMe page has raised close to $40,000 in support of his efforts, and Toure now has plans to visit each and every state. He founded Black Guns Matter because he’s seen too many young men make stupid and tragic mistakes as a result of having never been taught about legal gun ownership and all that it entails.
S.C. Governor Throws Support Behind “Permitless” Carry Bill
South Carolina legislators promoting a “permitless” carry measure, which has already passed the state House and is awaiting consideration in the Senate, are getting support from high places.
According to a report in the Charlotte Observer, Gov. Henry McMaster has endorsed the legislation, which would make it legal for those who can legally own a firearm to carry it concealed without a government-issued permit. “Gov. McMaster appreciates the House’s hard work on this bill, believes it is constitutional and will sign it if it reaches his desk,” spokesman Brian Symmes told the newspaper.
The state House of Representatives passed the measure earlier this month by a 64-46 vote. There are four weeks remaining in the session for the Senate to take up the bill.
Man Shoots Attacker In Self-Defense During Easter Encounter
An armed man who attacked another individual during an argument on Easter Sunday was left with egg on his face, as well as a bullet in his forearm.
New Orleans police are telling nola.com that 54-year-old Cornell Brown and an unidentified 68-year-old man began arguing early Sunday evening. After leaving the scene, Brown returned at around 8:30 p.m. with a revolver—which he then pointed at the older man. In turn, the man pulled out his own firearm and shot at Brown, hitting him in the right forearm.
The injured suspect was transported and treated at a nearby hospital, and is expected to be charged with aggravated assault. Police say the shooter fired in self-defense, and pending an investigation is not expected to be arrested.