A Pa. Republican backed gun restrictions for domestic abusers in Harrisburg. He didn’t in Washington D.C.

A Pa. Republican backed gun restrictions for domestic abusers in Harrisburg. He didn’t in Washington D.C.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-12th District, speaks at a Congressional hearing in 2019. (Congressional photo) A little more than two years ago, then-state Rep. Fred Keller, R-Snyder, stood on the floor of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with a message for his conservative colleagues. At the time, the chamber was considering a bill that would become Act 79, which makes it easier to take guns away from convicted domestic abusers, and the debate was dividing Republicans. But Keller, an owner of “semiautomatic rifles with 30-round magazines” advised his fellow lawmakers that “responsible gun owners are not going to be harmed by this bill, not at all,” according to the House Journal for Sept. 26, 2018. “People who love the Second Amendment, who like to go out to the range, who like to hunt, as long as they are responsible with their rights, they will not lose anything,” he continued. The bill only “deals with the actions of the individual when they have displayed that they have not handled the right that they have in a way that is beneficial to society.” The bill passed 131-62. The Republican majority was split down the middle, but the bill was out of the House and off to the GOP-controlled state Senate, which passed it with less debate 43-5. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf then quickly signed it into law, the first bill restricting gun ownership to pass the General Assembly in more than a decade. Keller is now a congressman, winning a 2019 […]

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