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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 24, 2017 01:16 PM
From: Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Pennsylvania Preemption Statute Regarding Firearms and Ammunition
In the near future, I plan on introducing legislation providing for Pennsylvania State Preemption over firearms and ammunition regulations. This was previously introduced by Senator Alloway last session as Senate Bill 1330.

Where no uniform state laws are in place, the result can be chaotic, as restrictions change from one local jurisdiction to another. An overabundance of varying ordinances leads to citizens with no criminal intent being placed in danger of breaking restrictions where they don’t know they exist. Furthermore, it is unreasonable to require residents of Pennsylvania and citizens passing through from other states to be aware of every firearm ordinance as they pass through each local jurisdiction.

Specifically, this legislation would prevent local jurisdictions from imposing ordinances more restrictive than laws passed by the General Assembly. This legislation will also enhance and restore the original intent of the Uniform Firearms Act.

This legislation seeks to build on the good points of previous versions while including language reflective of discussions aimed at making this piece of legislation better. It is my hope that these changes contribute to a solid piece of legislation to enforce our State laws.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as SB5