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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rep. Causer Sounds Off On Gun Owner Rights

State police overstep authority by requiring Records of Sale for some long guns
The attacks against our Second Amendment rights keep on coming – this time from an agency charged with enforcing the state’s laws.
It’s come to my attention that the Pennsylvania State Police is requiring gun dealers to fill out handgun Records of Sale for the purchase of certain long guns and limiting the sales of such guns to in-state residents over 21 years of age in direct contradiction to the state’s Uniform Firearms Act.
The act is very specific about what qualifies as a handgun and requires the ROS form, right down to the length of the barrel. Guns that exceed the lengths defined in the law are SPECIFICALLY EXEMPTED from the requirements. Yet, state police officials are requiring the ROS form for certain long guns, such as the AR-15 and Thompson Encore/Contender, because they say the guns can “readily be converted to” a handgun.
The Potter-Leader Enterprise recently published an in-depth story about this issue and my efforts to correct it through correspondence with State Police Commissioner Frank Pawlowski. I wanted to share the article with you, and assure you I will continue working to resolve this problem and protect your Second Amendment rights.

>>> Read the article here.
After years enforcing the law as written, the current state police commissioner is attempting to unilaterally change the law. He is doing so without authorization from the Legislature, without seeking a legal opinion from the Office of Attorney General and without going through any regulatory process. It is simply unacceptable.
The Pennsylvania State Police should stick to enforcing the law, not trying to rewrite it.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like they think they are "above the law" as usual.

Anonymous said...

When government runs ruffshod over rights they way it has recently,it is not long before everyone thinks they can do it.Everyone that was forced to fill this out should band together and file a class action suit,and our lawmakers should seek to can this guy.The rest of us have to watch everything we say and do for fear of losing our jobs because of a harrassment charge.What is his excuse??