PRIOR PRINTER'S NO. 2948
PRINTER'S NO. 3629
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY HANNA, TALLMAN, WHITE, KORTZ, D. COSTA, MAHONEY, CALTAGIRONE, CAUSER, MARSHALL, MILLARD, MOUL, HENNESSEY, R. MILLER, GINGRICH, V. BROWN, COHEN, EVERETT, GABLER, GROVE, GILLEN, DENLINGER, KIRKLAND AND GIBBONS, JANUARY 29, 2014
AS AMENDED ON SECOND CONSIDERATION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, JUNE 2, 2014
1Designating the Piper J-3 Cub as the official State aircraft of
2the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania<-; and designating the
3Pennsylvania Long Rifle as the official firearm of the
4Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
5The General Assembly finds and declares that:
6(1) The Piper J-3 Cub is a small, simple, light
7aircraft, recognizable by its famous yellow fuselage and
8black trim, that was built in the city of Lock Haven, Clinton
9County, between 1937 and 1947 by Piper Aircraft.
1 (5) The Cub was modified and used by the United States
2Armed Forces during World War II for reconnaissance and as a
3hedgehopper over all kinds of terrain to carry personnel,
4critical supplies and important messages for the artillery
5and tank corps, and cavalry and infantry.
12(8) The Pennsylvania Long Rifle, a unique firearm that
13was different in principle and outline from any other weapon
14in the world, was developed by skilled gunsmiths in the
15Moravian communities of Christian's Spring, Northampton
16County, as well as by artistic riflemaker Martin Meylin, in
17Willow Street, Lancaster County.
18(9) The Pennsylvania Long Rifle was the first truly
19American firearm and, due to its exceptional accuracy and
20range, was considered the greatest achievement in the
21development of firearms during the 18th century.
22(10) Playing an important role in the early years of the
23Industrial Revolution in Pennsylvania and New England, the
24Pennsylvania Long Rifle was also instrumental in the American
25fur trade and was carried west and south by frontiersmen as
26they set out to expand the boundaries of the nation.
30(12) The color combinations, carvings, engravings and
10Section 1. Official State aircraft.
<-14Section 2. Official State firearm.
17Section <-2 3. Effective date.
18This act shall take effect immediately.