PRINTER'S NO.  611

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

SENATE BILL

 

No.

607

Session of

2011

  

  

INTRODUCED BY BROWNE, FONTANA, RAFFERTY, YAW, SOLOBAY, D. WHITE, ERICKSON, ALLOWAY, BRUBAKER, BOSCOLA, McILHINNEY, WAUGH, FOLMER, STACK AND MENSCH, FEBRUARY 18, 2011

  

  

REFERRED TO STATE GOVERNMENT, FEBRUARY 18, 2011  

  

  

  

AN ACT

  

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Designating the Pennsylvania Rifle as the official firearm of

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the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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WHEREAS, Pennsylvania's gunmaking tradition has played an

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important role in the development of the United States of

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America; and

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WHEREAS, During Pennsylvania's early history, settlers placed

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chief reliance on their rifles for sustenance, security and

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survival; and

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WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania Rifle, a unique firearm that was

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different in principle and outline from any other weapon in the

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world, was developed by skilled gunsmiths in the Moravian

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community of Christian's Spring, Northampton County, as well as

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by artistic riflemaker Martin Meylin, in Willow Street,

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Lancaster County; and

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WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania Rifle was the first truly American

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firearm and, due to its exceptional accuracy and range, was

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considered the greatest achievement in the development of

 


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firearms during the 18th century; and

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WHEREAS, Playing an important role in the early years of the

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Industrial Revolution in Pennsylvania and New England, the

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Pennsylvania Rifle was also instrumental in the American fur

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trade and was carried west and south by frontiersmen as they set

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out to expand the boundaries of the nation; and

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WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania Rifle has been lauded for its

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beauty and craftsmanship, as well as the ingenuity of the

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skilled gunsmiths who crafted it; and

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WHEREAS, The color combinations, carvings, engravings and

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graceful slenderness of the Pennsylvania Rifle cause it to stand

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alone and remain unchallenged as a primary example of early

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American art; and

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WHEREAS, Future generations deserve the right to appreciate

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the heritage of this long-barreled rifle, born to artistic

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gunsmiths in the communities of this Commonwealth.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby enacts as follows:

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Section 1.  Official State firearm.

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The Pennsylvania Rifle is hereby designated as the official

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firearm of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Section 2.  Effective date.

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This act shall take effect immediately.

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