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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 8, 2020 09:26 AM
From: Representative Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle Training & Certification
After a mass shooting people who oppose any restrictions on weapons of war available to anyone with cash or credit say a lot of things, but one of the most frequent false comparisons is saying “Well, you can kill people with a car – why not restrict access to cars?”
We do restrict access to cars – and one way we do it is by requiring anyone wanting to drive a car in Pennsylvania to pass a test administered by a State Trooper to show that the driver knows how to safely operate a vehicle.
It’s time to do the same with semi-automatic assault rifles. Nobody is saying a legal citizen can’t own one, but we are saying it’s time owners understand the responsibilities, not just their rights.
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 raise the legal age to purchase 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 HB2680