April 19, 2017-
Today, April 19, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 671 by a 20-5 vote. HB 671 is scheduled to go before the full House for consideration next week. Sponsored by state Representative Mark Keller (R-86), HB 671 would further clarify existing law to ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the Keystone state. State firearms preemption was enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature over three decades ago to avoid the possibility of a complex patchwork of regulations across the state which 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.
Citizens with no criminal intent should not be placed in jeopardy of running afoul of local restrictions they don`t even know exist simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another. Gun owners continue to be unduly burdened by local ordinances which violate the current state firearm preemption law. HB 671 would correct this problem by ensuring laws regarding firearms and ammunition are uniform across the state.