Saturday, April 07, 2007

Pennsylvanians: Say NO To More Gun Control

Article I, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution reads:

The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned.

Unlike the Second Amendment to the US Consitution, there is no debate that this protects an individual right. In Ortiz v. Commonwealth (1996), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recognized that it protects an individual right of all Pennsylvanians, including those in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, from where most PA gun control proposals emanate.

Lately, unable to control spiraling crime and aided by their fellow travelers in the press, several liberal members of the Pennsylvania state legislature have introduced gun control proposals. E.g., House Bill 760 would require mandatory gun registration and payment of a $10 per gun annual fee.

State Representative Samuel Rohrer (R-Berks) has created a petition -- Say NO to More Gun Control -- which may be signed at his office or online, HERE. I urge all Pennsylvanians to sign Representative Rohrer's petition, which, coming from a member of the legislature, should carry more weight than most online petitions.

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