PA Candidate for Erie County Sheriff “I Won’t Be Complicit In AntiGun Airport Scheme”

Brian Shank, who is on the ballot for 2021 and running for the Erie County Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Office. Sent AmmoLand News this statement on the recent harassment efforts of PA gun owners by Acting United States Attorney Steve Kaufman.

Brian Shank for Erie County Sheriffs Office
Brian Shank for Erie County Sheriffs Office

Erie County Pennsylvania – -( “Acting United States Attorney Steve Kaufman is not happy just being a federal prosecutor. He also wants to be the proverbial Judge, Jury, and Executioner, and he is attempting to coerce Pennsylvania’s Sheriffs to help him pursue his anti-gun agenda.

Sometimes, people are in a hurry, grab the wrong bag or just make a mistake. Sometimes, this results in a traveler approaching the TSA Security Checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport with a firearm or ammunition in their carry-on bag. That does not make them criminals – it means they made a mistake. Attorney Kaufman knows that mistakes are not crimes and cannot be prosecuted. These types of mistakes result in nothing more than a civil fine.

Attorney Kaufman seems to be fully committed to pushing the Biden / Harris / Schumer / Pelosi anti-gun agenda. Since he cannot prosecute those who make a mistake of fact, he is getting at least one Sheriff, William P. Mullen of Allegheny County to revoke the License to Carry Firearms (LTCF) of anyone who is caught making this harmless mistake of fact.

The reality is that someone who intends to harm travelers and airport employees by abusing a firearm will not present themselves at a checkpoint, and they probably will not have an LTCF either.

I want to assure the voters of Erie County, that if you elect Brian Shank as your Sheriff on November 2 that I will not participate in these politicly motivated schemes to harass and stigmatize those who lawfully carry firearms and make a simple mistake. The Sheriff’s Office should not ever revoke an LTCF unless a person subsequently becomes disqualified to hold such a license under the provisions of Title 18 Section 6109.”

~ Brian Shank
County councilman and candidate for Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
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Brian Shank is the GOA endorsed candidate for Sherriff of Erie County PA. Any resident of Erie County who wants to protect their right to keep and BEAR arms should vote for Brian Shank on November 2nd, 2021.

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Happy Everafter

I’d vote for him!


better than what they have now, with luck he will deputize everyone in his area withe a permit, should throw a wrench in demoncrat plans


Good for the Sheriff. I think it is incumbent on every gun owner to know where his firearms are, where they are stored, and aware of their condition. A firearm in a carry on, out of his immediate control, let’s say in an overhead, might become accessible to someone with ill intent. Someone who is so unaware of where his firearm is at any given moment creates a reasonable doubt that perhaps the world would be better off if he did not have access to a firearm in the first place. Would it still have been a “mistake” if it… Read more »


Loaded firearms are among the least common occurrences. Have friend who is an FFL and reloader. After a range session he dumped out the saved cases for reloading, but somehow ended up with a couple spend cases hidden in his carry on. Not saying I applaud making such a mistake, but it’s understandable and certainly harmless. We are talking about open ended – empty and inert brass cases after all. TSA agents took him to a back room, with a window open to general public – where they handcuffed him to a table and seemed to be deciding between rubber… Read more »