TURN PA BLUE – WHAT HAS OUR LEGISLATURE DONE ABOUT GUN CONTROL

Whenever a tragedy, like the one in Florida last week, hits, many of us look to the Federal government for relief. Unfortunately, that did not materialize after Sandy Hook. But Connecticut has made positive legislative changes since the massacre there in 2012, and despite what the detractors say, these laws are working.

 

 

Pennsylvania also has some very good laws on gun control, but the State does not:

 

 

New gun legislation has rarely been sponsored during recent sessions of the Pennsylvania legislature. One bill that was introduced last year came from Don White, Republican State Senator from Indiana County.  Senate Bill 383, would allow teachers trained in the use of firearms to carry concealed weapons in schools during normal hours of operation, in the event of being attacked.

 

In 2014 Act 192 was signed into law by Governor Corbett, giving groups such as the NRA the right to sue municipalities for adopting gun control measures within their jurisdictions. Since then, the law was “shot down” by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as unconstitutional, but it is instructive to see the list of local incumbents who supported this bill. Here are the names of legislators from our region, along with their NRA ratings as well as whether they had supported Act 192, which in effect would preempt local firearm regulations.

 

District # County Geographic Area Incumbent NRA RATING ACT 192 MUNICIPAL PREEMPTION(2014)
HOUSE          
26 Chester   Tim Hennessey – R 43% Yes
61 Montgomery Montgomeryville, Blue Bell, Plymouth Meeting, Kate Harper – R 21% Yes
74 Chester – most flippable district Downingtown, Coatesville, Parkesburg Harry Lewis-R 21%  
146 Montgomery Pottsgrove,some Pottstown, Trappe, some Schwenksville Tom Quigley-R 93%  
150 Montgomery Collegeville, Trooper, Audubon, Skippack Michael Corr-R 43%  
151 Montgomery Montgomery Twp, Horsham, part Upper Dublin, part Lower Gwynedd Todd Stephens-R 57% No
152 Montgomery Bryn Athyn Hatboro Lower Moreland Township Upper Dublin Township (PART, Districts 03, 06 and 07)Upper Moreland Township   some Willow Grove Thomas Murt-R 43% Yes
155 Chester Kimberton, Birchrunville, Lydell, Icedale, Marsh Creek SP East Brandywine Township East Pikeland Township Phoenixville (PART, Ward North) Spring City Upper Uwchlan Township Uwchlan Township West Brandywine TownshipWest Vincent Township Becky Corbin-R 79% Y
157 Chester Oaks, Chesterbrook, Tredyffrin Warren Kampf-R 21% Yes
           
162 Delaware Tinicum Twp., Ridley, Philly Airport Nick Miccarelli-R 57% Yes
           
163 Delaware Upper Darby, some Havertown James Santora-R 36%  
           
177 Philly Port Richmond, Bridesburg, Mayfair John Taylor-R 50% Yes
147 Montgomery Douglas Township Marcy Toepel-R 93% Yes
167 Chester Exton, Malvern, Duane Milne-R 43% Yes
SENATE          
6 Bucks Bensalem Township Bristol Bristol Township Hulmeville Ivyland Langhorne Langhorne Manor Lower Southampton Township Middletown Township Northampton Township Penndel Warwick Township Wrightstown Township Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson-R (retiring) B+ Yes
12 Montgomery/ Bucks Upper Southampton Township Warminster Township Warrington Township Ambler Bryn Athyn Franconia Township Hatboro Hatfield Hatfield Township Horsham Township Lower Gwynedd Township Lower Moreland Township Montgomery Township North Wales Souderton Telford (Montgomery County Portion) Upper Gwynedd Township Upper Moreland Township Stewart Greenleaf – R – his B- No
24 Montgomery/ Bucks/Berks   Bob Mensch – R A Yes
           
44 Montgomery/ Chester/ Berks Collegeville Limerick Township Lower Pottsgrove Township Lower Providence Township Royersford Upper Providence Township West Norriton Township Worcester Township John Rafferty – R A Yes
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