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Proposed Changes

Pennsylvania is considering some changes in firearms law, it looks like, with the OK from the NRA.  I’ve been a bit out of the loop for the past few days, as I’ve been in Virginia since last Tuesday, but it looks like the definition change in the term “firearm” (which under PA law typically only means handgun, long guns are largely unregulated) in regards to penalties to crimes committed with a firearm.  If that’s the case, I have no problems with this.  If you knock over a liquor store with a shotgun, I don’t see any reason to not charge you as if you had done it with a pistol.  Of course, I think penalties should be stiff even if you use a butter knife, but politicians will be stupid.

I’ll look for actual language for these bills tomorrow, but I trust Hohenwarter isn’t going to agree to anything that’s going to affect law abiding gun owners.

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