Strong Preemption Bill Passes Senate in PA


By Dean Weingarten


Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

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HB1243 passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on October 6th, 143 to 54.   The bill adds teeth to the Pennsylvania preemption law that has been on the books for years.   Over 50 local governments have made a mockery of the rule of law by passing restrictive and illegal local ordinances.

The bill allows member organizations to sue municipalities on behalf of their members, so the disarmenters are claiming that it gives authority for the NRA to sue local governments.

That is true, just as the ACLU sues local governments over first amendment issues, or the environmentalists sue local governments over wetlands.   While I doubt that the founders would have believed that a local government would not be allowed to drain a swamp, most would have believed that local governments could be prevented from disarming their citizens by express state statutes.

Today, 16 October, the bill passed the Senate 32-16, as an amendment to another  bill.  The bill still needs to be signed by Governor Corbett.   He is in a race with Democrat candidate Wolf.   Corbett has an A rating by the NRA, and supports the PA preemption law.  I have not found a direct statement saying that Governor Corbett would sign the law.

With only a few weeks before the election, now would be a good time for Governor Corbett to show his support for the rule of law in Pennsylvania.

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Update: Because it is an amendment, the bill will need to go before the House to be approved in a concurrence vote.

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Here’s the problem with this bill or any other bill signed into law by Governor Corbett….the county district attorney’s DO NOT have to prosecute municipalities who violate this forthcoming law. Yep….that’s right. It’s called prosecutorial discretion. The bastards can ignore the law and just not comply with it by prosecuting.


Gov. Corbett is facing an election challenge from a ‘tax and spend’ liberal named Wolf. I sure hope he signs off on this pre-emption bill before the election.