Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Trying to Restrict the Second Amendment Again!

Philadelphia is at it again – trying to restrict a law-abiding resident’s right to keep and bear arms.  This Thursday, January 27, at 10:00 AM, the Philadelphia City Council will once again attempt to pass several anti-gun measures.  All of these proposed ordinances would violate Pennsylvania’s state preemption statutes which dictate that only the state can enact further firearms regulations: 

 

Ordinance 080015 – would prohibit the possession or acquisition of firearms by persons charged with certain criminal offenses, while such charges are pending.

 

Ordinance 080016 – would regulate the acquiring or transferring of any firearm within the City of Philadelphia.  This ordinance would require the applicant to supply the following information on forms provided by the Philadelphia Police Department:

       (a) the name, and any other names by which applicant has been known;

       (b) the home address, and any other addresses at which applicant resided within five

            years immediately prior to application;

       (c) the present business or occupation, and any business or occupation, in which

            applicant has engaged in the five years immediately prior to the application;

       (d) the date and place of birth of applicant;

       (e) the caliber, length of barrel, make, model and, if known, manufacturer’s number of

              the firearm;

       (f) a statement by applicant indicating the date, place, nature and disposition of any

            criminal proceedings brought against the applicant for any offense other than traffic

            violations;

        (g) name, address and occupation, of the person from whom the firearm is to be

              acquired or transferred; and

        (h) a copy of applicant’s fingerprints and his photograph. 

 

Ordinance 080034 – would mandate all sales of ammunition for firearms to be reported to the City of Philadelphia Police Department and to require that Department to maintain a registry of such reports.  This ordinance would require any person that sells ammunition for a firearm, pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun shall make a report to the City of Philadelphia Police Department of all of the following within seven days of each such sale:

(a)    Description of the purchase, including type and quantity.

        (b) Name and address of purchaser.

        (c) Date of purchase.

 

Ordinance 080036 – would establish reporting requirements for the issuance or renewal of licenses to carry firearms within the City of Philadelphia.

 

To view the city council agenda, please click here.

 

If you are a resident of Philadelphia, it is crucial that you call the Mayor and your District and At-Large city council member TODAY and urge him or her to oppose these proposed ordinances.

 

If you live outside Philadelphia call your state legislator today and urge him or her to help stop the unwarranted attacks by Philadelphia City Council.  For contact information or help identifying your state legislator, please click here.

 

The law-abiding citizens of Philadelphia need your help!

 

MAYOR

Mayor Michael Nutter

City Hall, Room 116

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 686-3000

 

CITY COUNCIL BY DISTRICT:

District 1 – Councilman Frank DiCicco

City Hall, Room 332

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3458, (215) 686-3459

Fax: (215) 686-1931

 

District 2 – Council President Anna Verna

City Hall, Room 405

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3412, (215) 686-3413

Fax: (215) 686-1932

 

District 3 – Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

City Hall, Room 408

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3418, (215) 686-3419

Fax: (215) 686-1933

 

District 4 – Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.

City Hall, Room 404

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3416, (215) 686-3417

Fax: (215) 686-1934

 

District 5 – Councilman Darrell Clarke

City Hall, Room 484

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3442, (215) 686-3443

Fax: (215) 686-1901

 

District 6 – Councilwoman Joan L. Krajewski

City Hall, Room 591

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3444, (215) 686-3445

Fax: (215) 686-1935

 

District 7 – Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez

City Hall, Room 592

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3448, (215) 686-3449

Fax: (215) 686-1936

 

District 8 – Councilwoman Donna Miller

City Hall, Room 312

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3424, (215) 686-3425

Fax: (215) 686-1937

 

District 9 – Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco

City Hall, Room 577

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3454, (215) 686-3455

Fax: (215) 686-1938

 

District 10 – Councilman Brian J. O’Neill

City Hall, Room 562

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3422, (215) 686-3423

Fax: (215) 686-1939

 

 

CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS-AT-LARGE

Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.

City Hall, Room 316

Philadelphia, PA19107

(215) 686-3414, (215) 686-3415

Fax: (215) 686-1928

 

Councilman William K. Greenlee

City Hall, Room 580

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3446, (215) 686-3447

Fax: (215) 686-1927

 

Councilman Bill Green

City Hall, Room 599

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3420, (215) 686-3421

Fax: (215) 686-1930

 

Councilman Jack Kelly

City Hall, Room 594

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3452, (215) 686-3453

Fax: (215) 686-1925

 

Councilman James Kenney

City Hall, Room 330

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3450,  (215) 686-3451

Fax: (215) 686-2013

 

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown

City Hall, Room 581

Philadelphia, PA19107

(215) 686-3438, (215) 686-3439

Fax: (215) 686-1926

 

Councilman Frank Rizzo, Jr.

City Hall, Room 582

Philadelphia, PA19107-3290

(215) 686-3440

Fax: (215) 686-1929

 

IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD!

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Virginia: Delegate Attempts to Sneak Anti-Gun Legislation In!

This past Friday, January 21, was the last day for bill introduction in the Virginia General Assembly and one legislator attempted to slide a bill under the radar. Delegate Betsy Carr (D-69) introduced House Bill 2524, which seeks to ban the sale, barter or transfer of any firearms magazine that are designed to hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition.  Del. Carr seems to be following the playbook of longtime anti-gun Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), who recently introduced H.R. 308, the “Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Actâ€�, which in addition to banning the manufacture and importation of new magazines will also make it illegal to transfer currently owned magazines.

The National Rifle Association has created and posted a new Fact Sheet to our website to better inform people of the widespread and common use of self-defense magazines.

While Delegate Carr is attempting to restrict the rights and freedoms of law-abiding citizens with HB 2524 she has also introduced HJ 610, a Constitutional Amendment seeking to restore the rights of convicted felons to vote.

Contact Del. Carr by email or phone at 804-698-1069 and ask the Delegate how she justifies working to take away your freedoms but simultaneously working to restore those of convicted felons?

 

Indiana Legislative Session to Convene on Monday, January 24!

The 2011 Legislative Session is gearing up to be an eventful one for Hoosier gun owners in the Indiana General Assembly. Your NRA has worked with several pro-gun state Senators and Representatives on the following bills:

Parking Lot Protection, 2.0: As NRA Members well know, the Indiana General Assembly passed and Governor Mitch Daniels (R) signed into law Parking Lot firearm protections last year. However, since the law went into effect, numerous Indiana employers, both large and small, have falsely declared themselves exempt and warned their employees of termination if they lock personal firearms in their private vehicles on company property. Some companies have created onerous requirements on their employees, displaying a willful disrespect of the intent and spirit of the law passed by the Indiana General Assembly.

Some companies are going so far as to require employees to provide a detailed description —including serial numbers— of all firearms and ammunition to be kept in the employees’ vehicle, permit the employers to inspect any and all firearms and ammunition, submit to random vehicle searches by the employer and other regulations requiring documentation and written permission for the owning and carrying of firearms.  Clean-up legislation is therefore required to put a stop to these abusive practices by Indiana employers.

Senate Bill 411, the Parking Lot 2.0 bill, was introduced by NRA Board Member and state Senator Johnny Nugent (R-43). SB 411 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters and is currently scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, January 25.

Firearm Preemption: Indiana’s current preemption statutes currently leave in place grandfathered local gun restrictions, as well as loopholes wide open for abuse by municipalities governed by anti-gun city officials. Legislation introduced this session would remove all grandfathered municipalities and strengthen the current law to ensure Hoosier gun owners can enjoy the same level of statewide firearm freedoms, regardless of where they reside in Indiana. The law would also protect travelers throughout the state from running afoul of a patchwork of different gun laws when they cross municipal boundaries.

Senate Bill 292, filed by state Senator Jim Tomes (S-49), has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters and is currently scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, January 25.

Firearm Transport Permits: Indiana is one of the few states that prohibits firearm owners from transporting a firearm in their vehicle without a state issued permit in their possession. If a gun owner does not have a concealed carry permit or a hunting license, they must have a “transport permit� anytime they transport a firearm in their vehicle – unless they are transporting their firearm from the place of purchase to their home or fixed place of business, or to take a firearm in for repair. This means law-abiding gun owners cannot legally drive their firearm to a shooting range or to private property (a family farm or privately owned field, for instance) to practice target shooting with their gun in the trunk without a permit. If they do transport said firearm, they become open to confiscation of their firearm and a Class B misdemeanor.

Indiana’s transport permit requirement is out of step with the vast majority of pro-gun states around the country. States that require the owner to have the license present when transporting are Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia. These restrictive states make up a group with which Hoosiers should not want to be associated.

To correct this problem state Senator Jim Tomes (SD-49) introduced Indiana permit revision legislation, Senate Bill 506. If passed, SB 506 would remove this onerous permit requirement from lawful Hoosier gun owners and travelers within Indiana. The Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters will hear SB 506 on Tuesday, January 25.

Please contact the members of the Senate Committee on Courts and Criminal and Civil Matters and respectfully ask them to SUPPORT SB 411, SB 292, and SB 506. Contact information for members of the Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters can be found below.

Your NRA will keep you up-to-date on these bills as they progress through the Indiana General Assembly.

Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters:

Senator Brent Steele (R-44), Chair
(317)-232-9400
S44@in.gov

Senator Richard D. Bray (R-37)
(317)-232-9400
S37@in.gov

Senator Susan C. Glick (R-13)
(317)-232-9400
S13@in.gov

Senator Lindel O. Hume (D-48)
(317)-232-9400
S48@in.gov

Senator Greg Taylor (D-33)
(317)-232-9400
S33@in.gov

Senator Jim Tomes (R-49)
(317)-232-9400
S49@in.gov

Senator John W. Waterman (R-39)
(317)-232-9400
S39@in.gov

Senator R. Michael Young (R-35)
(317)-232-9400
S35@in.gov

Senator Richard D. Young, Jr. (D-47)
(317)-232-9400
S47@in.gov

Senator Joseph C. Zakas (R-11)
(317)-232-9400
S11@in.gov