Pennsylvania Constitutional Carry Bill Advances to Governor

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U.S.A. -( The Keystone State is one final step away from joining 21 other states that have constitutional carry.  Earlier this evening, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 565 by Sen. Cris Dush, on a 107 to 92 vote.

The bill was offered to the House today by Rep. Aaron Bernstine, who was also the sponsor of the House companion bill to SB 565.  Despite the claims of the bill’s opponents, constitutional carry legislation isn’t for criminals.  It simply puts law-abiding citizens who are otherwise legally able to possess and carry a firearm, on equal footing by codifying the inherent right to carry a firearm into statute.  It also retains a permitting process for gun owners who wish to take advantage of concealed carry reciprocity with other states.

The NRA is the national leader in the “constitutional carry” movement where law-abiding individuals are not required to obtain a government permit to carry a firearm for lawful purposes.  Today’s vote advances the fight to protect and expand the right of law-abiding Pennsylvanians to carry and remove unnecessary government red tape and delays from the process.

We would like to thank House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff and House Judiciary Chair Rob Kauffman for their continued leadership on issues crucial to Pennsylvania’s law-abiding gun owners. ​

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Pa John
Pa John (@pa-john)
11 days ago

Article I, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution states: “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.” Every politician must swear an oath of office which includes swearing to uphold the US Constitution and/or to uphold the State constitution (depending on the level of political office). If Governor Wolf doesn’t sign this “constitutional carry” bill into law he is violating the clear and obvious protections in BOTH the US and Pennsylvania State Constitutions on our God given right to keep and bear arms. And nobody will sue him… Read more »

Russn8r (@russn8r)
11 days ago
Reply to  Pa John

True. However,

The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.”

Sounds like PA’s Constitution already implies “Con Carry”. Something our great 2A legal groups could take up to SCROTUS. Have they tried?

PistolGrip44 (@pistolgrip44)
11 days ago

Veto and nowhere near enough votes for the legislature to override wolf. One asshole holding up Liberty and Freedom.

Winchester1873 (@winchester1873)
11 days ago

Unfortunately, we have a useless governor here. The Constitution is an inconvenience for him.

Rick (@rickinpa)
11 days ago

He already said 2 weeks ago that he would veto both bills if they made it to his desk! Vote Republican in ’22!

SDavisFoReal (@sdavisforeal)
11 days ago

Now we just have to hope that the little baby we call our governor will allow us our rights, good bet….

grim reaper
grim reaper (@grim-reaper)
11 days ago

You got a better chance at the lotto than him signing it. Would love to see my representatives over ride his veto

Arizona (@arizona)
12 days ago

Let us know when the governor actually signs it.

willyd (@willyd)
10 days ago
Reply to  Arizona

We’ll see if this comment goes through, That SCUM-BAG WOLF has already said he’d VETO IT, and that SCUM-BAG ATTORNEY GENERAL is from the same cut just like WOLF, they both want Pa. to be just like Mass,. Conn., NYC, N.J., MD., & DEL. NO DIFFERENCE, Part of the DEMO-RAT RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!