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Saturday, September 8, 2018 10:12 AM

Insane House Bill 357

House Bill 357, co-sponsored by Bryan Cutler, was referred to the Judiciary Committee on Sep. 5th.  This bill would make it a felony to enforce federal firearms laws in Pennsylvania.  

If the Feds outlawed 150 round magazines, and you enforced that law, you could be imprisoned for up to 7 years. I cannot believe this bill will survive the light of day. This is not a gun issue. This is a question of the rule of law and whether or not we are Americans.

Bryan Cutler prides himself on giving his opinion on the constitutionality of laws. Perhaps he can explain how this law operates in light of Article 6 of the US Constitution. Is it the sponsors' intent to cede from the union? The legislature passed a law like this in 2012 preventing PENDOT from complying with federal real ID requirements. Now citizens of PA get to buy a passport or a real ID card because their driver's license is not valid to get on a domestic plane flight.

Again, this is not a second amendment issue. It is a question of whether our legislators consider themselves Americans. My immediate family has spent over 50 years defending the constitution as members of the Army and Navy. We are Americans first.

The bill's full text follows:



PRINTER'S NO. 3929

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

HOUSE BILL
No. 357 Session of
2018



INTRODUCED BY METCALFE, SACCONE, DUNBAR, JAMES, PETRARCA, COX, METZGAR, HICKERNELL, KNOWLES, FEE, PICKETT, SANKEY, GODSHALL, KAUFFMAN, PHILLIPS-HILL, KEEFER, MALONEY, MILLARD, GROVE, ROTHMAN, MULLERY, RAPP, A. HARRIS, D. COSTA, CUTLER, EMRICK, WHEELAND, CAUSER, WARNER, WARD, LAWRENCE, BLOOM, IRVIN, GABLER, NELSON, ZIMMERMAN, BENNINGHOFF, MOUL, GILLEN, DUSH, NESBIT AND SCHEMEL, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018


REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018




AN ACT


Providing that any Federal law which attempts to register, restrict or ban a firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm in this Commonwealth shall be unenforceable in this Commonwealth; and imposing penalties.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the Right to Bear Arms Protection Act.
Section 2. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Firearm accessory." An item that is used in conjunction with or mounted on a firearm but is not essential to the basic function of a firearm.
Section 3. Federal law relating to firearms, accessories and ammunition.
(a) General rule.--A Federal law, rule, regulation or order created or taking effect after December 31, 2016, shall be unenforceable within the borders of this Commonwealth if the law, rule, regulation or order attempts to register, restrict or ban the ownership or purchase of a firearm, magazine of a firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition.
(b) Penalty.--An official, agent or employee of the Federal Government, the Commonwealth or a political subdivision who enforces or attempts to enforce a Federal law under subsection (a) commits a felony of the third degree and, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not less than one year or more than seven years, a fine of not more than $15,000, or both.
(c) Enforcement.--The Attorney General shall prosecute violations of this section.
Section 4. Duty of Attorney General.
The Attorney General shall defend a resident of this Commonwealth who is prosecuted by the Federal Government for a violation of Federal law under section 3(a) that attempts to register, restrict or ban the ownership or purchase of a firearm, magazine of a firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition that is retained in this Commonwealth.
Section 5. Effective date.
This act shall take effect in 60 days.


Sunday, July 8, 2018 8:00 PM

State Budget - Look Behind the Curtain

From just looking at coverage of the new on-time state budget you would be left thinking that Pennsylvania is now on solid financial footing.  Actually, games were played with almost $2.2 Billion of the state's spending.  What's more, the state's unfunded pension liability is at $75 Billion and little is being done to address it.


Sunday, July 8, 2018 8:52 AM

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Endorsement

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO has endorsed Dale Hamby for State Representative of the 100th District.  In this time of court actions weakening unions, it is important that we have representatives who do not believe in "right to work for less."  The campaign thanks labor for its support.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018 1:20 PM

Campaign Kickoff Event

The Elect Dale Hamby is holding a kickoff meeting at the George Street Cafe in Millersville at 6:30 pm, June 19th.  


Committee to Elect Dale Hamby, Jim Stager, Treasurer
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