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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: August 7, 2018 11:56 AM
From: Representative Carolyn T. Comitta and Rep. Kate Harper
To: All House members
Subject: Firearms at Public Meetings
In August 2013, Rockne Newell stormed into a public meeting in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, and opened fire, killing three people and injuring several more. If not for the courage of Bernie Kozen, who tackled and disarmed Newell, many more innocent individuals may have lost their lives. As Newell was arrested, he told the arresting officers that “I wish I had killed more of them.”

We must not sit idly by as residents of the Commonwealth are in danger of gun violence at public meetings. For this reason, in the near future, we intend to introduce legislation to permit government entities to prohibit firearms at public meetings. The legislation will only apply if a government entity elects to prohibit firearms and posts public notices of the prohibition at every public entrance to the public meeting. Our legislation will bolster the freedom of local governments and help to keep all Commonwealth residents safe without impeding on Second Amendment rights.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation.