There’s a bill coming up for vote in Pennsylvania, known as House Bill 1845, which increases the penalty for possessing a firearm with an altered or obliterated serial number from a first degree misdemeanor to a second degree felony (underlined portions of a bill are parts being changed.Â Non underlined parts are part of the existing law).
Now, the important part for gun owners is what’s planning to be amended to this bill. Â I’m hearing there are plans to ammend the “Castle Doctrine” provision, as well as a provision that will make possession of a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms a substitute for the PICS check.Â These amendments are sponsored by State Representatives Steven Cappelli (R- 83) and Richard Stevenson (R-8).
But there is a danger lurking. Â State Representative David Levdansky (D-39) has filed an amendment for the “victimized twice” provision that enacts criminal penalties for failure to report a lost or stolen firearm.Â It’s important to call your state representatives and ask them to support the Stevenson and Cappelli amendments, while opposing the Levdansky amendment.Â Getting HB 1845 to come out clean depends on us, so let’s get to work.