Pa. Democrats push gun control legislation; Republicans push back

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Citing the December tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, a group of Pennsylvania Democrats unveiled a series of bills Wednesday aimed at curbing gun violence.

Among the proposals: a ban on assault weapons (police and active military would be exempt), requiring people with a firearms license to obtain liability insurance and rolling back the Castle Doctrine. The proposed change would make it illegal to use force to protect yourself or your property if you’re able to retreat or if a law enforcement official tells you not to pursue a suspect.

“The tragedy that happened in Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School has made a lot of people take a second look at the positions that they had,” said Rep. Ronald Waters (D-191st).

To view the various bills: click here for assault weapons ban, here for Castle Doctrine amendment, here for firearm liability insurance requirement, here for bill requiring neighborhood watch groups to register with the state attorney general, here for Child Firearm Safety Lock Act, and here for mandatory two-year sentence for carrying a firearm without a license.

“What we’re trying to do is no threat to the Second Amendment,” said Waters. “We want people to rest assured that we are not in any way thinking about taking away the right to own guns.”

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12th) disagreed, saying the bills have no chance of getting through the Republican-controlled Legislature.

“There’s no answer to the problem through trying to pass additional gun control,” said Metcalfe.

He’s sponsored a bill of his own that would make it a felony to enforce any new federal gun-control legislation in Pennsylvania. To view the bill, click here.

A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found a majority of Pennsylvania voters support some proposed federal gun-control measures.

  • 95 percent support requiring background checks for all gun purchases.
  • 60 percent support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons.
  • 59 percent support a nationwide ban on the sale of magazines with more than 10 rounds.

Waters said, “We want people to rest assured that we are not in any way thinking about taking away the right to own guns.”



    A Quinnipiac University poll? What? A law school from Connecticut, yeah like the poll even had a chance of being un-biased.

    • andy

      I read about a poll a few weeks ago that stated the majority of pa supported bans. I did some research and found that only 1200 people took the poll. Polls are BS. Misinformation by far. These polls aren't made public obviously. 1200 people cant represent the entire state. I'm from lehigh valley area, and theres 50,000+ in the city and surrounding area just there.

  • anoymous

    Thank you, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe for being a patriot and standing up for what a majority of Pennsylvanians want.

  • guest

    It started with the Patriot Act, moved on through the NDAA, now they want to use drones and take away people's guns. Yeah, it's not about the 2nd amendment. Anyone see a pattern here?

  • guest

    None of this will curb gun violence. Criminals will still have their guns and choose to shoot people. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. So why don't we make laws that all stupid criminals automatically get the death penalty?

    • andy

      I don't care what they say I can or can't do. If anyone comes into my house and tries to attack, I will defend myself by all means. They can kiss my ass. I have family, and I will protect them.

  • Guest

    So get busy and let your legislators know you're not going to put up with this crap. I for one am getting very tired of hearing about every gun-related incident imaginable in order to push us all to accept more of our freedoms being taken from us. They should put so much effort and money toward actually fixing the real cause of obesity: forks!

    • Sonic blue

      Vote them out! I live in Maryland with a libtard democrat controlled legislature and a worst governor that just passed horrific anti-gun legislation. Vote these people out and purge this plague of mindless ignorant sheeple. Many republican are converting to Dem and plan to wreck havoc in their Primaries. All incumbents who voted for this anti2a agenda will be gone! Save yourselves!

  • NikiA

    Just great! So once the criminals start purchasing liability insurance on all of their guns, they'll be considered high risk, and our premiums will go up. Just super.

  • OldBen

    Well, lets see. I will not obtain any liability insurance. Regardless whether the “castle doctrine” is modified or even exists, if you enter my home and threaten any member of my family, including my dog, I will shoot you and you won’t survive. I will not have my right to defend my person, family or property, regardless of any law, removed from me.

    Many, many thanks to any representative, especially our PA reps for doing everything to defend the constitution.

    • Yo Mamma

      Damn straight OldBen. I'm with you on that one. Tresspassers will be shot, survivors will be shot again!!

  • ed

    Channel 27 had a similar poll on there site. With different results. 85% said gun control would do nothing to stop crime. So I challenge Fox news to start there own poll.

  • Matthew Kull

    these bills (as currently drafted) will: prevent one from using ANY force (not just deadly force) to recover his own property from a thief (even in fresh pursuit), or to eject a trespasser from one’s own land. it will require one to flee his own domicile rather than use deadly force, even against a non-resident. it will require a parent to refrain from using force to discipline his child, or a prison guard or to refrain from using force to enforce prison or school regulations, if the official can retreat in complete safety.

    this is a completely moronic drafting of legislation. all rep. waters did was cut a section of text which existed only in the use of deadly force to protect one’s person or the person of another subsections and paste into EVERY other section of chapter 5 (and add the PCO directive text). then again, i’ve encountered rep. waters on several occasions, and his lack of capacity in this matter doesn’t surprise me in the least.

    further, the insurance bill doesn’t provide for any type of state-run insurance. private industry can completely eliminate a Pennsylvanian’s right to possess ANY firearm, simply by making insurance too costly or burdensome to maintain. the federal courts have recognized, at least in part, a right to drive based on the federal constitution.. PA requires auto insurance but the state must also provide an opportunity to purchase such insurance.

    the right to possess firearms is affirmed by both the federal AND state constitution, yet fascist Waters makes no provision for such insurance to be provided by the state as a contingency.

    • Yo Mamma

      I say to the state, to go f themselves. They can get insurance. I pay car insurance, and medical insurance already. They can kiss my ass

  • Boss

    Everything in these bought and paid for media outlets is a lie. I suggest people take a closer look at the Sandy Hook Shooting. The Parker family pictures are photo shopped, there was no assault rifle used, Two men were arrested outside the building…massive inconsistencies in the story. I know it sounds insane!! But just google it and take some time to look at the evidence…The elites of the world have been using make-believe tactics on the public and on each other since the beginning of time..

  • Law abiding citizen

    I refuse to let anyone take my guns. I'm a law abiding citizen I didn't break any laws.. And I refuse to have to suffer because of people with mental issue's.. If you want mine you better bring yours.

  • Guest

    Thank you, Daryl Metcalfe! We need more people like you, and sadly, there are not. All I hear is, "we don't want to take away people's guns". And yet, the proposed legislation that they are trying to pass, would make firearm owners have to go through so many processes and procedures; file a liability insurance, and make so many restrictions, it is as if they want the good people who own firearms responsibly, to just give up. A right to bear arms, should have been a badge of honor, knowing how many people, even many of my family members died to protect these freedoms and rights. With this proposals, now it is becoming nothing but a nuisance and a hindrance! I'm glad for at least one person that still has a fight in them. I hear a lot of people talking talk, but I see nobody doing anything. I'm glad he is doing his own bill. It takes guts to stand up to these fools. He gets his propers from me! KUDOS!

    • J Patton

      Unless you own land or a home then our local borough or twp has to approve of your garden or flower bed lol

  • Yo Mamma

    Free? They are being hypicrits. They say they won't abide by any federal ban, yet they are trying to impose illegal bans!!

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