Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Preemption Enhancement Bill Moving in Pennsylvania

NRA reports that the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee passed the pre-emption bill today by a vote of 19-4. All of the Republicans who voted went in our favor, and six of the Democrats joined them. Politically speaking, the only name that jumps out at me as odd to want to pick a fight on gun rights in 2012 is Rep. Eugene DePasquale. He’s running for a statewide office, though one that NRA doesn’t grade on (to the best of my knowledge).

In the alert, NRA notes that the bill could be on the House floor as soon as Wednesday. They are asking people to call their state representatives to make sure that no poison pill amendments are added to the legislation.

If enacted, House Bill 1523 would help eliminate the need for litigation by gun owners who have been unduly burdened by local ordinances which violate the current state firearm preemption law.

Citizens with no criminal intent should not be placed in jeopardy of running afoul of local restrictions they don’t even know exist simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another.

That would be nice. What a crazy concept that citizens won’t bear such a high burden of pointing out that a government shouldn’t be making illegal laws.


CA: Resident scares off alleged home invaders with gunfire: "The sheriff's office was notified at approximately 7 a.m. on Sunday that an attempted home invasion robbery allegedly had just occurred on the 100 block of Robinson Road in Orick. Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and met with two victims, a 26-year-old female and a 35-year-old male, according to a release from the sheriff's office. According to the release, the victims told the deputies that they were asleep with their 3-year-old child when two adult males, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall and wearing all black, forced their way into the residence and into the bedroom. They said the suspects were armed with possibly a rifle or shotgun and a handgun. The male victim was able to obtain a handgun during the robbery attempt, which he fired several times at the suspects, according to the release. The suspects reportedly immediately fled in an unknown direction and did not appear to take anything from the home."

FL: Robber killed in scuffle near club: "Police say a man and woman leaving a popular nightclub in Allapattah were confronted before the man fired his gun. Michael Anthony Lawrence, 39, died of gunshot wounds shortly after he was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami police Sgt. Freddie Cruz said. His shooter, identified as 28-year-old Wilmen Diaz, was questioned but not arrested. “The state attorney’s office is reviewing the case with our homicide unit,” Cruz said. “He has not been formally charged with anything.” Authorities say Diaz was leaving the Club Típico Dominicano, 1344 NW 36th St., with a woman about 12:17 a.m. Moments later, the couple was confronted by Lawrence and Marcell Donell Brown, who is 27. Neither of the two men were armed, Cruz said. During the confrontation, Diaz pulled a gun and shot at both men, Cruz said, adding that he has a gun permit. At the time of the shooting, Lawrence was on probation on convictions for resisting arrest with violence, possession of marijuana and selling cocaine in 2009."

Drink up with your Valentine at Starbucks: "Today is supposed to see the launch of a boycott by gun prohibitionists against Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks because that business has the audacity to serve all customers rather than become a pawn in a game of social bigotry targeting legally-armed citizens. Northwest rights activists on at least four popular firearms forums have clearly indicated they will be countering this boycott with their business. It’s a text book example of the 'Money Talks, B.S. Walks' principle."

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