|Posted:||December 24, 2014 12:19 PM|
|From:||Representative Tim Krieger|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Request for Cosponsorship - Right to Transport Firearms (Prior HB718)|
|In the near future, I intend to reintroduce legislation that was introduced last session as HB718. This legislation will clarify the existing state law pertaining to the legal transportation of firearms in Pennsylvania. The current law is confusing and unnecessarily complex. This may be best illustrated by quoting just one of the 15 paragraphs related to the topic, which permits a private individual to transport firearms as follows:
"from the place of purchase to his home or place of business, or to a place of repair, sale or appraisal, or back to his home or place of business, or in moving from one place of abode or business to another or from his home to a vacation or recreational home or dwelling back, or to recover stolen property under section 6111.1(b)(4)(relating to Pennsylvania State Police), or to a place of instruction intended to teach the safe handling, use or maintenance of firearms or back or to a location to which the person has been directed to relinquish firearms under Pa.C.S.6108.2 (relating to relinquishment for consignment safe, lawful transfer or safekeeping) or back up return of the relinquished firearm..."
My legislation will replace this language and similar provisions with a more general principle, i.e., you may transport a firearm for a lawful purpose as long as it is unloaded. The concept of legal transportation for a "lawful purpose" comes from federal law as well as the laws of states as varied as Vermont, Iowa and Michigan. Further, this legislation will clarify language in our current transportation law related to reciprocal recognition of individuals licensed to carry a firearm in another state.
Previous Co-sponsors: KRIEGER, BROOKS, PICKETT, SNYDER, MAJOR, TALLMAN, SACCONE, GRELL, CUTLER, MOUL, HENNESSEY, REESE, DUNBAR, METCALFE, AUMENT, BENNINGHOFF, MILLARD, LAWRENCE, CAUSER, EVERETT, HESS, EMRICK, LUCAS, KAUFFMAN, D. COSTA, REED, FLECK, ROCK, MARSHALL, KORTZ, M. K. KELLER, GABLER, C. HARRIS, MAHONEY, CLYMER, GROVE, STEVENSON AND MULLERY
Introduced as HB718