As the U.S. Senate is poised to vote on two commonsense gun reforms, which are supported by over 80 percent of Republican and Democratic voters in recent polls, Pennsylvania legislators want to stop them in their tracks.
Rep. Tom Quigley (R-146th), supported and co-sponsored House Bill 357, which states that any “any Federal law which attempts to register, restrict or ban a firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm in this Commonwealth shall be unenforceable in this Commonwealth,” according to the House website.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on universal background checks, as well as the barring of suspected terrorists on the “no fly list” from buying guns.
Furthermore, my opponent has not supported HB 1010, which would enhance background checks in Pennsylvania. It has been co-sponsored by Republicans in suburban counties, including representatives Mike Vereb (150th) and Warren Kampf (157th).
Quigley’s stance doesn’t come as a surprise. He’s a ‘A’ student with the NRA, an organization that has scared Congress into doing nothing to stem the tide of violence in this country.
Let me be clear: I support the Second Amendment, which includes the right to carry firearms for hunting and self-protection. Assault rifles and automatic weapons, on the other hand, require regulation to prevent mass shootings like the recent killing of 49 innocent people in Orlando, Fla. All tragedies cannot be stopped, but we must take steps to make our communities safer, while safeguarding the freedoms of law-abiding citizens.