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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: August 13, 2018 03:43 PM
From: Senator Vincent J. Hughes
To: All Senate members
Subject: Loaded Firearms in Vehicles
In June of 2017, recent high school graduate Bianca Nikol Roberson, a young woman with a bright future ahead of her, was fatally shot during a road rage incident. She was preparing to study at Jacksonville University. Bianca was described by those who knew her as “vibrant” and “energized.” She was murdered by another driver on the road that day who had a loaded gun sitting on the vehicle seat next to him.

After speaking with Bianca’s mother, I believe prohibiting a loaded firearm in a vehicle is a reasonable proposal that could have prevented Bianca’s murder that day. She hopes to see this legislation enacted to prevent what happened to her daughter from happening to someone else’s child.

My legislation would amend Title 18 to make it clear that no loaded firearm shall be carried in a vehicle. Under this legislation, a first offense would be a third degree misdemeanor, a second or subsequent offense would be a first degree misdemeanor.

Representative Comitta is offering similar legislation in the House.

Please join me in sponsoring this sensible legislation.

Introduced as SB1264