Metcalfe Private Firearm Ownership Protection Act on Target for House Consideration
2/6/2012
HARRISBURG — The House Judiciary Committee today approved legislation sponsored by State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) to impose financial penalties against any city, township or other jurisdiction that illegally adopts a local firearm ordinance.

Metcalfe introduced the Private Firearm Ownership Protection Act in response to cities such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh that have already violated Section 6120 of the Pennsylvania Criminal Code that specifically prohibits local firearm laws. If enacted, House Bill 1523 would require the offending local jurisdiction to reimburse any plaintiff or organization that successfully challenges an illegal local firearm ordinance for actual damages, reasonable attorney fees and other legal costs.

“Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution affirms in no uncertain terms that: ‘The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned,’” said Metcalfe. “The purpose of my legislation is to financially deter and/or punish any local government body or official who blatantly violates the clearly established boundaries of our state law and our Constitutions by arbitrarily enacting gun control measures that leave law-abiding citizens disarmed and defenseless against violent intruders.”

Approved by the House Judiciary Committee with strong bipartisan support, House Bill 1523 now advances to the full House for consideration. For the latest Second Amendment legislative updates or to sign the “Standing Up to Gun Control” petition, visit
RepMetcalfe.com
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State Representative Daryl Metcalfe
12th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Ty McCauslin
tmccausl@pahousegop.com
717.772.9979
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