State Sen. Larry Farnese to Introduce Assault Weapon Ban
State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) recently announced that he’ll be introducing an assault weapons ban during the upcoming legislative session that will begin in January.
“Last week’s massacre, and the similarly horrible tragedies that have occurred over the last few years, have been happening more and more frequently in the United States and they need to stop. So, in order to begin curbing gun violence in our state, I’m introducing common sense legislation that will ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines in Pennsylvania,” he noted in a press release.
In Farnese’s co-sponsorship memorandum, which has already begun circulating in Harrisburg, the Philadelphia politician addresses urban violence and police being killed in the line of duty, in addition to the obvious reference to the Newtown massacre.
“According to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, 20% of law enforcement agents killed in the line of duty in the U.S. are killed with assault weapons,” he writes. “Law enforcement organizations across the country supported the federal ban, including but not limited to the Fraternal Order of Police, National Sheriffs’ Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police and Major City Chiefs Association.”
A national assault weapons ban, signed by President Bill Clinton after lobbying efforts by former, and now late-President Ronald Reagan, expired in 2004.
Many observers don’t believe Pennsylvania is ready for statewide gun control measures. And Gov. Tom Corbett is anything but on board. “We are not going to get into that right now,” Corbett told reporters in the Capitol this week. “We’ve had discussions about gun-control legislation for many, many years, and there have been many gun-control laws that have been passed. … I am for enforcing the laws we already have.”
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe of Western Pennsylvania noted this week there may be a conspiracy afoot to take away Keystone residents’ guns. ““There will be no additional gun control in Pennsylvania,” he recently said. “I will not allow the left to use this horrific act to advance their gun-grabbing agenda.”
Farnese’s bill would be the first time an assault weapons ban would be introduced in Pennsylvania.