Locals react to proposed Firearm Registration Act

Locals react to proposed Firearm Registration Act

Gun Rights

The Firearm Registration Act would require nearly all privately owned guns in Pennsylvania to be registered with state police. WILKES-BARRE — A proposed new gun control measure creating a statewide firearms registry is creating waves among local gun owners. The Firearm Registration Act, which was referred to the Judiciary Committee last week, would require private gun owners to register all their weapons and place strong restrictions on storing weapons. Local gun rights advocates were quick to criticize the initiative. “All they’re looking to do is get a foot in the door to slowly, slowly disarm the country, starting off with Pennsylvania,” said Edward Piestrak, owner of Piestrak’s Gun Shop in Nanticoke. In a statement announcing the legislation, Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia, said he wanted to ensure only eligible residents can own guns and that all guns are “properly accounted for.” “In this world of instant information, we can’t go an hour without hearing on the news or social media about crime, injury, or death involving firearms,” Cruz said in the statement. “Pew Research Center reports that almost half of Americans personally know someone who has been shot, with 40,000 gun-related deaths reported in 2017. Six in ten Americans believe that our nation’s gun laws are not strict enough, and it’s time something be done to address this problem.” The legislation would require all firearms in the state — except for those owned by the government, law enforcement and correctional officers — to be registered with Pennsylvania State Police. It […]

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