Committee approves bill to pre-empt local gun control regulations

Committee approves bill to pre-empt local gun control regulations

A panel of lawmakers voted to approve a measure that would preempt local gun control ordinances, barring municipalities from approving stricter regulations than what the state has passed.

The bill, authored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria), is nearly identical to a provision of Act 192 of 2014, which the state Supreme Court rendered unconstitutional in 2014. 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh mayor signs gun control legislation into law, lawsuits follow

Pittsburgh mayor signs gun control legislation into law, lawsuits follow

To the relief of gun control proponents and ire of gun advocates, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed City Council’s much debated gun control legislation into law Tuesday. For the law’s supporters, in the aftermath of the Tree of Life massacre, the regulations that include an assault weapons ban with accessories as well as allowing the confiscation of firearms from residents deemed an “extreme risk” is long overdue.

But, there’s a major hitch, as state law prevents municipalities from passing gun control measures. Which is why, with the ink barely dry on the new laws and shortly after the signing, organizations such as Firearm Owners Against Crime, the Firearm Policy Coalition, and the Firearm Policy Foundation followed through on threats made in public hearings and council meetings and filed a lawsuit against the steel city.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
State blocks 3D gun design downloads while lawmakers grapple with advancing tech

State blocks 3D gun design downloads while lawmakers grapple with advancing tech

Just five years ago, conversations about the Liberator — the small, one shot 3D-printed handgun whose plans were made available online in 2013 — would have mostly been confined to internet forums and social media.

But following the Defense Distributed settlement with the federal government June 29, which allowed the organization to post not just its plans for the Liberator online, but for also schematics for semi-automatic handguns and assault rifles, addressing the new reality of a printable arsenal is popping up in the halls of Harrisburg.

Thursday, August 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Keeping Up With The Neighbors: New Jersey's new gun laws

Keeping Up With The Neighbors: New Jersey's new gun laws

Spurred by the watershed Parkland shooting early this year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly grappled with the issue of firearm laws through a slew of public hearings, voting meetings and floor votes for relatively little gain in the eyes of gun control activists. New Jersey lawmakers, by contrast, in comparatively short order passed half a dozen measures that supporters argued would make communities safer and less vulnerable to armed attackers, and which opponents lamented as an unacceptable abridgment of fundamental rights.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Post-Parkland and post-House hearings, Wolf and legislative leadership consider how to address gun violence

Post-Parkland and post-House hearings, Wolf and legislative leadership consider how to address gun violence

Governor Tom Wolf reiterated his support for bills increasing gun control in the state Monday as elected officials weigh how best to reduce gun deaths.

A major target of Wolf’s encouragement was SB 501, the first major gun policy bill since the Parkland School shooting — which has brought the gun debate to blistering new levels — to pass a chamber. 

Monday, April 23, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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