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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 19, 2019 10:18 AM
From: Representative Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle Training & Certification
After mass shootings, efforts to address the potential of mass casualties from the use of semi-automatic assault rifles are often met with false comparisons, such as: “Cars can kill people too – why not restrict access to cars?”

The thing is that we do recognize that cars are dangerous, and as such, we require drivers to pass a written and practical driving exam to show that the driver knows how to safely operate a vehicle. It’s time to require similar safety training for the use of semi-automatic assault rifles.

My plan creates a Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle Safety Certification Course and requires successful completion before a person could purchase a semi-automatic assault rifle in Pennsylvania. It would not prohibit anyone from possessing a semi-automatic assault rifle. It would simply ensure that people are properly trained to use a semi-automatic assault rifle before they may purchase one.

Please stand with me to make sure these weapons are only in the hands of people who can safely own and operate them so all citizens can feel more safe and secure.

Introduced as HB1858