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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 12, 2018 10:26 AM
From: Representative Matthew D. Dowling
To: All House members
Subject: Legislation to ensure the protection of Second Amendment Rights during declarations of emergency
 
Considering the Governor’s declaration of emergency on the opioid epidemic some concerns have been raised regarding the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of the commonwealth.

For example, a declaration of emergency, as defined by Title 18 of the PA Crimes Code, limits, among other things, the second amendment rights of law abiding citizens. During an emergency, “no person shall carry a firearm upon the public streets or upon any public property…” with the exemption of those licensed to carry a firearm under section 6109, exempt from licensing under section 6106(b), or “actively engaged in defense of that person’s life or property from peril or threat.” An argument could be made that this declaration of emergency would limit commonwealth resident’s right to open carry. Our second amendment rights are part of the very fabric of our nation and should not be infringed upon.


Document #1

Introduced as HB2021

Description: In the near future, I intend to introduce two bills to address this issue. This memo is for a bill which will simply repeal Title 18 Pa.C.S. § 6107.

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Document #2

Introduced as HB2022

Description: In the near future, I intend to introduce two bills to address this issue. This memo is for a bill which will repeal Title 18 Pa.C.S. § 6107 and will incorporate language used in a similar Iowa law. 

Please consider signing on to this important piece of legislation.
 
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