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Virgil Ray Hality, SASS# 37355

Pennsylvania - Current Resolutions / Bills - Good bad and ugly

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I was looking over the PA web site and read through the following bills and resolutions.


Here is the link to the actual bills/resolutions:



First the ugly, then the bad and save the good ones for last….… The Ugly and needs to be fought in Pennsylvania. We need to spread the word amongst us and ask our members and other organizations to contact their elected official to support the good bills and resolutions and stop the bad and ugly legislation/proposals.

House Bill 517 - re-introduce House Bill 2592 of the 2011-2012 Legislative session, which will ban the possession, use, control, sale, transfer, or manufacture of an assault weapon within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Senate Bill 435 - enact a strict assault weapons ban in Pennsylvania modeled after the federal ban in effect from 1994 to 2004. This would include a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. AND legislation would memorialize Congress and the President of the United States to institute an assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazine ban on the federal level.

HOUSE BILL No. 239 - Annual registration of every firearm.

Senate Bill 191 & 192 - No person may purchase more than one handgun in a city of the first class (Philidelphia) within any 30-day period.

House Bill 518 – repeal castle doctrine prohibiting individuals from using force for the protection of property, an individual, or one’s own well-being, if the person is either able to retreat or instructed by peace officers or public safety dispatchers not to pursue the suspect.

The bad and must be fought off too

House Bill 521 - requiring individuals to obtain firearm liability insurance if they possess a license to carry a firearm.

House Bill 519 - would make it unlawful for a firearm licensee to sell, deliver, or transfer a firearm to a person other than another licensee unless the transferee is provided with or purchases a locking device or that firearm.

Senate Bill 189 - reintroducing a package of bills that aim to prohibit handgun purchases by the mentally ill in the Commonwealth. (depends on what is in the “package”)

House Bill 335 - increased control in matters of firearm licensure of people with mental illnesses - one line is a bit too loose: "I am of sound mind and have never been committed to a mental institution and have never received mental health treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

House Bill 522 – (needs some tweaking of content) legislation would require all neighborhood watch group members to attend public safety training provided by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). A member may only carry a licensed firearm while on patrol if, by a majority vote, the members of the group permit the member to do so, and the member has undergone firearm training provided by the PSP. Moreover, members of neighborhood watch groups will only be subject to the current anti-drug and neighborhood watch volunteer civil immunity if their watch group is registered with the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

Senate Bill 432, 434 and 433 (PACKAGE NEEDS TWEAKING) - require an individual to serve a mandatory minimum one-year sentence for unlawfully carrying firearms without a license on their person or in a vehicle PLUS bar those awaiting trial for serious violent offenses from purchasing or possessing firearms during the pendency of the proceedings PLUS Adjudicated drug dealing juveniles who turn 21 would remian prohibiyed from purchasing firearms PLUS close the Florid LOOPHOLE - would require Pennsylvania residents obtain a Pennsylvania license to carry in order to lawfully carry in the Commonwealth

Senate Bill 35 - sneaky... limits the ability to transport firearms in an emergency, This needs to be revmoved.


Updated 2-27-2013

House Bill 758 - unlawful for a person to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer or receive a firearm which meets any of the following: (1) After removal of grips, stocks and magazines, is not
detectable by walk-through metal detectors. (2) A major component of which, when subject to inspection by the types of X-ray machines commonly used at airports, does not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the component.


Updated 2-27-2013

House Bill 775 - is intended to mitigate "straw purchasers" but there has got to be a better way. This bill limits giving a firearm as a gift to (individuals legally eligible to own a firearm) to a persons spouse, parent, child, grandparent and grandchild. There are other close relations who could benefit from such gifts such as uncles, cousins and even domestic partners (which seems dicriminatory). Thanks for listening.



Good Stuff and we need to let our legislators know to support these

HOUSE BILL No. 671 - Constitutional Carry of a Firearm - Former HB 2176 – Repeals the requirement for a CCW.

SENATE BILL No. 448 - Under this legislation, the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) would be integrated into the FBI’s National Instant Check System (NICS).

House Bill 475 - An Act prohibiting certain firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition from being subject to Federal law or Federal regulation. This legislation is substantially similar to legislation that was originally enacted in Montana, later enacted in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming, and introduced in at least 20 states.

HOUSE BILL No. 718 – Simplifies transport of firearms with a general principle, i.e., you may transport a firearm for a lawful purpose as long as it is unloaded.

House Bill 448 - protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms by ensuring that no public or private entity may prohibit someone with a licenses to carry concealed firearms (or a person who is exempt from such licensing) from possessing a legally possessed firearm locked inside a private motor vehicle in a parking area if the person is lawfully in such area.

House Bill 469 - legislation will make it illegal to enforce those rules or regulations in the Commonwealth when imposed by Executive Order.

Senate Bill 127 - expanding and clarifying the sections of the Crimes Code, Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to prohibit contraband, including weapons, implements of escape and other dangerous materials, in correctional institutions, youth development centers, and forensic units of state mental hospitals.

House Bill 442 - double fines for all classes of offenses and create harsher penalties for individuals who possess or deliver contraband materials to a correctional institution, mental hospital, youth development center or other facility for detention or incarceration pursuant to court order.

House Bill 357 - legislation would prohibit the enforcement of any new federal restriction, prohibition or registration requirement for firearms, magazines, and ammunition. My legislation would also require the state to intercede on behalf of Pennsylvania citizens against any federal attempt to register, ban or restrict the purchase or ownership of firearms and firearms accessories which are currently legal products.

House Bill 233 - mandatory five year sentencing upon conviction of a violent crime with a firearm PLUS CONSECUTIVE SENTENCES SERVED.

House Bill 122 - legislation to allow school personnel to carry a gun to school if they have been licensed to carry a concealed firearm AND have a current and valid certification in the use and handling of firearms.

House Bill 636 - designating the Pennsylvania Long Rifle as the official firearm of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

House Bill 287 - for felons who illegally possess firearms impose a 5 year mandatory minimum sentence. legislation would also designate the crime of a felon illegally possessing a gun as a "crime of violence" triggering our second strike (10 year mandatory) and third strike (twenty-five year mandatory) provisions.

House Bill 715 - Under Section 778 of the Public School Code of 1941, school districts may establish “school police officers” by making an application to the Court of Common Pleas. The court must review the application and may grant the school police officers the power to arrest, issue citations for ordinance violations and carry a firearm in the course of their duties. However, school police officers must first complete Municipal Police Officers Education and Training in order to carry out their duties (i.e. make arrests, issue citations for ordinance violations or carry a firearm).

House Bill 520 - require courts to impose a mandatory sentence for a person who carries a firearm without a license.

Senate Bill 469 - exclude lockable firearm storage equipment from sales tax.

Senate resolution 6 - Task Force on the Prevention of Violence with 2 years to complete the assessment.

House Resolution 52 - That the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania urge Pennsylvania United States Senators Robert P. Casey, Jr., and Patrick Toomey to vote against the Arms Trade Treaty if the treaty includes provisions restricting the rights of gun owners in contravention of section 621 of Article I of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to United States Senators Robert P. Casey, Jr., and Patrick Toomey.


Updated 2-27-2013

House Bill 792 - no State governmental agency or political subdivision or official, agent or employee thereof or any other person, public or private, may knowingly and willfully keep or cause to be kept any list, database, record or registry of privately owned firearms or any list, database, record or registry of the owners of those firearms.


Updated 2-27-2013

House Bill 805 - Give citizens the right to sue and collect damages if anyone attemps to restict gun rights at a local level.

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Do they have definition of assault weapons or a list?

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© Definition.--As used in this section, the term "assault weapon" means:

(1) Any selective-fire firearm capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic or burst fire at the option of the user or any of the other following specified semiautomatic firearms:

Algimec Agmi
Goncz High-Tech Carbine and High-Tech Long Pistol
Armalite AR-180
Heckler & Koch HK-91, HK-93, HK-94 and SP-89
Australian Automatic
Arms SAP Pistol
Holmes MP-83
Auto-Ordnance Thompson type
MAC-10, MAC-11 and MAC-11 Carbine type
Avtomat Kalashnikov AK-47 type
Intratec TEC-9 and Scorpion
Barrett Light-Fifty model 82A1
Iver Johnson Enforcer model 3000
Beretta AR-70
Ruger Mini-14/5F folding stock model only
Bushmaster Auto Rifle and Auto Pistol
Scarab Skorpion
Calico models M-900, M-950 and 100-P
SIG 57 AMT and 500 series
Chartered Industries of Singapore SR-88
Spectre Auto Carbine and Auto Pistol
Colt AR-15 and Sporter
Springfield Armory BM59, SAR-48 and G-3
Daewoo K-1, K-2, Max-1 and Max-2
Sterline MK-6 and MK-7
Ecom MK-IV, MP-9 and 7MP-45
Steyr AUG
Fabrique Nationale FN/FAL, FN/LAR or FN/FNC
Street Sweeper and Striker 12 revolving cylinder shotguns
Feather AT-9 and Mini-AT
UZI Carbine, Mini-Carbine and Pistol
Federal XC-900 and XC-450
Weaver Arms Nighthawk
Franchi SPAS-12 and Law-12
Wilkinson "Linda" Pistol
Galil AR and ARM

(2) A part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault weapon, as defined in
paragraph (1) or any combination of parts from which an assault weapon, as defined in paragraph (1), may be rapidly
assembled if those parts are in possession or under the control of the same person.

(3) Any semiautomatic firearm not listed in paragraph (1) that meets the following criteria:
(i) a semiautomatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least two of the following:
(A) a folding or telescoping stock;
(B)a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon;
© a bayonet mount;
(D) a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor; and
(E) a grenade launcher;


(ii) a semiautomatic pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least two of the following:
(A) an ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip;
(B)a threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip or silencer;
© a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned;
(D) a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; and
(E) a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm; or

(iii) a semiautomatic shotgun that has at least two of the following:
(A) a folding or telescoping stock;
(B)a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon;
© a fixed magazine capacity in excess of five rounds; and
(D) an ability to accept a detachable magazine.


(4) A part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault weapon, as defined in
paragraph (3), or any combination of parts from which an assault weapon, as defined in paragraph (3), may be rapidly
assembled if those parts are in the possession or under control of the same person.

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Senate Bill 435


"Class 1 assault weapon." Any of the following:

(1) A semiautomatic center fire rifle capable of accepting detachable magazines and a pistol grip protruding conspicuously below the weapon's action, a thumbhole stock or folding or telescopic stock; a flash suppressor, grenade launcher or flare launcher; or a forward pistol grip.

(2) A semiautomatic center fire rifle with overall length of less than 30 inches.

(3) A semiautomatic center fire rifle with a fixed magazine capable of holding over ten rounds of ammunition.

(4) A semiautomatic pistol capable of accepting detachable magazines and a threaded barrel; a second

handgrip; a capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside the pistol grip; or a shroud attached to, or partially or completely encircling, the barrel allowing the bearer to fire the weapon without burning the bearer's hand, except for a slide enclosing the barrel.

(5) A semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine having the capacity to accept over ten rounds.

(6) A semiautomatic shotgun having a folding or telescoping stock; a pistol grip protruding conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon, a thumbhole stock or a vertical handgrip.

(7) A semiautomatic shotgun with the ability to accept detachable magazines.

(8) A shotgun with a revolving cylinder.

"Large capacity magazine." Any detachable ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition. The term does not include any of the following:

(1) a feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot accommodate more than ten rounds;

(2) a .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device; or
(3) a tubular magazine that is contained in a lever action firearm.

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