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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 22, 2017 11:45 AM
From: Representative Christopher M. Rabb
To: All House members
Subject: Prohibiting Concealed Carry While Intoxicated (Re-Introduction)
In the near future, I will re-introduce legislation – former House Bill 2378 of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session – to prohibit holders of a concealed carry permit to carry a firearm while intoxicated in Pennsylvania.

As you know, Pennsylvania law allows citizens to carry a concealed firearm after obtaining a permit from their local sheriff’s department. Firearms and alcohol are both extremely dangerous when used improperly, and carrying a firearm while intoxicated greatly increases the risk of tragedy. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), carrying a weapon while under the influence is banned in at least thirty states, including Ohio and Maryland.

This bill will not impact responsible gun use, in the same way our DUI laws do not interfere with responsible driving. Carrying a gun with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater will result in a summary offense, a $100 fine, and suspension of the person’s concealed carry permit for up to three years. A second or subsequent offense will result in a misdemeanor of the third degree, a $500 fine, and a suspension of the individual’s permit for at least three years with the possibility of permanent revocation of the permit.

Once again, firearms can be, and too often are, deadly weapons, and as such, this is an issue that can affect all of us in every legislative district. Therefore, please join me in co-sponsoring this very important, common sense bill and help Pennsylvania follow in the footsteps of other states that have already banned the concealed carry of a firearm while intoxicated.

Introduced as HB1367