|Posted:||December 16, 2020 10:35 AM|
|From:||Senator Maria Collett and Sen. Carolyn T. Comitta|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Local Regulation of Firearms|
Soon, we will introduce legislation which will allow political subdivisions, by ordinance, the ability to restrict the presence and use of firearms at properties and facilities they own or operate. This legislation was previously introduced as SB 625 by Sen. Collett, and HB 2291 by Sen. Comitta in the 2019-2020 session.
We share the concerns of locally elected leaders in our district who wish to protect their constituents and members of the public from the threat of gun violence while they utilize public facilities. Pennsylvania law currently prohibits local governments from regulating the possession and transportation of firearms and ammunition. In light of recent tragedies in Paradise and Ross Townships and a groundswell of public support, it is clearly time to update our laws. To quote the members of Horsham Council, a municipality in Sen. Collett’s district: "Is the protection of our judges and legislators of more concern than the protection of the children who use our parks and libraries?" We believe we must answer their question with a resounding no.
Everyone in our communities should be able to access a trail, play at a park, learn in a library, or have their voice heard at a meeting of their local government without the fear of becoming another victim of gun violence. The Commonwealth shouldn’t stand between local elected officials and their constituents on matters of public safety.
This legislation will only apply if a political subdivision elects to restrict the presence or use of firearms and posts public notices of such restrictions at every public entrance to the facility or property. This legislation will bolster the freedom of local governments and help to keep all Commonwealth residents safe without impeding on Second Amendment rights.
We hope you join us in co-sponsoring this legislation.