Today, I introduced my bill to protect Pennsylvanian’s right to keep and bear arms

Article posted on March 4, 2013

Today, I introduced my bill to protect Pennsylvanian’s right to keep and bear arms. Our state’s constitution was the first in the newly formed nation to address this fundamental right. In fact, the original language of 1776 was strengthened in the 1790 rewrite, adding, “shall not be questioned.” PA’s constitution was enacted twice before the federal Bill of Rights was adopted until 1791. That’s quite a legacy for our Commonwealth and one that is now threatened by the actions of our President. A state constitution cannot remove any rights guaranteed by the federal documents, but it can supply additional rights for its citizenry. My bill would help to preserve the rights provided by our constitution if the federal government acts to levy new measures more restrictive than those of our Commonwealth’s. No resources of the state or it’s municipalities, including personnel, buildings or equipment, would be used to assist the federal government in any attempt to enforce a law more restrictive than Pennsylvania law. The federal government does not have the authority to disregard the rights provided to citizens by their state’s constitution and this bill will clarify our state and local government’s role in any effort to do so.

-John

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