Every year the Pennsylvania Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally identifies and focuses on key issues that are affecting gun owners throughout the Commonwealth. Our goal is to bring light to these issues and through citizen involvement encourage our legislators to protect gun owners’ rights.
This Year’s Issues
Stop the Pennsylvania State Police Gun Registry
Under Pennsylvania law it is illegal for any government entity to maintain a registry of Pennsylvanian’s guns. However, for years the Pennsylvania State Police have used PICS checks to compile a “sales database”. Many years ago, using a novel legal argument they were able to successfully hold that because the database is not complete, it’s not a registry. This bill will put a stop to such nonsense by clearly stating that such a database is a registry as prohibited by Pennsylvania law.
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Simplification
Currently, Pennsylvania’s system for concealed carry permit reciprocity with other states is an overly complicated process that allows for potential abuse by politically motivated Attorneys General. This bill would streamline Pennsylvania’s reciprocity system by simple granting reciprocity to any state that honors our permit without the need for state-by-state agreements.
Creates a two-tiered system with the carrying of firearms for lawful purposes:
- Option 1 gives citizens the ability to obtain a (LTCF) License To Carry Firearm permit that is valid throughout Pennsylvania and would provide for carrying firearms in other states.
- Option 2 recognizes that Commonwealth citizens have a fundamental constitutional right to keep and bear arms (Article 1, Section 21) and that ‘no LTCF’ is required for law abiding citizens to carry a firearm throughout Pennsylvania.
Correcting Firearm Transportation Laws
Due to poorly worded statutes and definitions, there is common confusion about transporting firearms in Pennsylvania. We hope to clarify the wording and intent of the Uniform Firearms Act in order to provide gun owners with a clear understanding of how to legally transport firearms throughout the Commonwealth.
Pennsylvania Instant Check System Reform
For years Pennsylvania has been wasting millions of dollars supporting a state-specific background check system that can be replaced with sole use of the federal National Instant Check System. In addition to the wasted taxpayer money, the PICS system has for years been used and abused by politicians and bureaucrats to skirt Pennsylvania law against keeping a gun owner registry. It is our goal to evaluate PICS and determine whether it can justify it’s continued cost.
Hunting firearm expansion
Due to outdated laws, Pennsylvania is one of only two states in the country that do not allow any hunting of any game with modern semi-automatic rifles which are growing in popularity. It’s time to bring Pennsylvania’s laws into the 21st century!
Disparity of Force in self-defense protection
While Pennsylvania generally has very reasonable laws relating to lawful self-defense, a current quirk in the wording of the law leaves ambiguity with regards to self-defense where force disparity is not as clear as an attacker with a gun. This proposal would make it clear under Pennsylvania law that a disparity in strength, size, and number of attackers can constitute a threat of serious bodily harm or death.
Firearms Freedom Act
Following the example set by dozens of other states, Pennsylvania should assert it’s sovereignty over the regulation of firearms that have no involvement with interstate commerce, taking the power to regulate domesticly manufactured firearms from the Federal Government.
Right to Bear Arms Protect Act
Hand-in-hand with the Firearm Freedom Act, this proposal intends to make unconstitutional federal firearm regulation unenforceable within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by directing the Attorney General to defend citizens and prosecute illegal acts by Federal law enforcement officials.
Firearms Offense Sentences
This proposal would ensure that criminals that commit violence with firearms serve their sentences consecutively, preventing abuse of the plea bargaining system that allows violent criminals to get out of jail sooner than they should.