2024 Pennsylvania Firearms Association General Assembly Candidate Survey

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Question 1

Anti-gun organizations, often funded with out-of-state resources from Michael Bloomberg, have been clamoring for legislation to end all private party firearms transfers in Pennsylvania unless they submit to a federal NCIC check, thereby adding themselves and the firearm to a federal list. As we’ve seen, this legislation does virtually nothing to stop crime but expands state and national databases of gun owners – which can be used against gun owners later.

If elected, would you OPPOSE and vote NO on “Universal Gun Registration” or similar legislation that would ban all private party sales, make criminals out of Pennsylvania gun owners who want to pass on family firearms to their children and grandchildren – and create or expand the centralized database of gun owners at the same time?
Question 1 Answer(Required)

Question 2

“Extreme Risk Protection Orders,” commonly referred to as ‘Red Flag Gun Confiscation’ laws, would allow virtually anyone to petition a court and make the claim, with little evidence or substantiation, that a person is a “danger to themselves or others.” Under such laws, liberal and/or activist judges could, possibly even through ex parte hearings and with no due process of law, issue a finding that strips a law-abiding gun owner, who has never even been arrested, indicted or convicted of a crime, of their Right of firearms ownership.

If elected, would you OPPOSE and vote NO on ‘Red Flag Gun Confiscation’ or similar legislation that would deny law abiding Pennsylvania citizens their gun rights without due process and without ever having been convicted of a crime?
Question 2 Answer(Required)

Question 3

In the of wake murder-sprees around the country, anti-gun lawmakers, the media and Bloomberg funded activists scream for a complete ban of the AR-15 (and standard 30-round magazines) and hundreds of related firearms all because of a variety of cosmetic features. Legislation has been introduced in Harrisburg and in Washington, D.C. to ban these firearms. This, despite the fact that all semi-automatic firearms function essentially the same way.

If elected, would you OPPOSE and vote NO on legislation banning the manufacture, sale or possession of semi-automatic firearms and/or standard capacity magazines, recognizing that these restrictions do nothing to stop crime but only serve to criminalize gun owners?
Question 3 Answer(Required)

Question 4

Various state legislatures have already passed legislation that would ban all gun rights from American citizens between the ages of 18-20. In addition, many lawmakers at the state and federal level are publicly calling for this legislation to be enacted at the state level nationwide! This, despite the fact that these are law abiding citizens that can exercise the right to vote, serve in the military, pay taxes, get married, have careers and enjoy every other aspect of being a legal adult.

If elected, would you OPPOSE and vote NO on legislation that would leave American citizens between the ages of 18-20 defenseless and unable to buy a firearm for self-defense?
Question 4 Answer(Required)

Question 5

Gun control activists have long desired arbitrary but mandatory waiting periods before free citizens can purchase firearm, ammunition or accessories. This, despite the fact that the madmen in some of the worst mass shootings in America, like the one at Virginia Tech or the nightclub in Florida, purchased their guns AFTER submitting to these waiting periods. Of course, these waiting periods do nothing to stop violent crime and only leave law abiding citizens vulnerable during times where they need a firearm the most.

If elected, would you OPPOSE and vote NO on legislation that would enact unconstitutional waiting periods, limiting when a law-abiding citizen in Pennsylvania could purchase a firearm for self-defense?
Question 5 Answer(Required)

Question 6

Anti-gun organizations, often funded with out-of-state resources from Michael Bloomberg, have been clamoring for legislation to end all private party firearms transfers in Pennsylvania unless they submit to a federal NCIC check, thereby adding themselves and the firearm to a federal list. As we’ve seen, this legislation does virtually nothing to stop crime but expands state and national databases of gun owners – which can be used against gun owners later.

If elected, would you OPPOSE and vote NO on “Universal Gun Registration” or similar legislation that would ban all private party sales, make criminals out of Pennsylvania gun owners who want to pass on family firearms to their children and grandchildren – and create or expand the centralized database of gun owners at the same time?
Question 6 Answer(Required)

Question 7

Almost every legislative candidate will say "I support the Second Amendment" but not all will stand firmly against new and invasive forms of gun control, especially when “compromises” are offered.

Will you oppose and vote NO on all methods of gun control, including those that the media calls "reasonable," such as bans on “ghost guns,” laws that disallow those with simple misdemeanor convictions from owning and carrying guns, increasing the minimum age of those who carry guns for self-defense, new taxes on ammunition, new ways to track guns and gun owners, the use or manufacturing of homemade firearms or firearm parts, and the use of pistol braces?
Question 7 Answer(Required)

Question 8

Mental health has become a back door for gun control by expanding the criteria for voluntary and involuntary commitments for “treatment,” thus adding more and more people to the NCIC ‘prohibited persons’ list, often without due process by a court of law. Once a person’s name is placed on this list, it is virtually impossible to have it removed.

Would you oppose all so-called “mental health” legislation that would deny law abiding Pennsylvanians their gun rights without due process through a court of law?
Question 8 Answer(Required)

Question 9

Over the last four years, an estimated 7,500,000 million people have illegally entered America. The Dept. of Homeland Security said that at least 70,000 of these were ‘special interest’ aliens, coming from countries that ‘promote or protect terrorism’ against the United States. Now, some are trying to use the Bruen decision to justify letting these foreign nationals possess firearms.

If elected, would you SUPPORT and VOTE YES on legislation that makes it crime for people who have entered America illegally to possess a firearm, knowing that they’ll be able to legally buy a firearm once they’ve completed the process for entry?
Question 9 Answer(Required)

Question 10

Most mass shootings happen in so-called “Gun-Free Zones” where law-abiding citizens are forced to disarm, which quite literally has resulted in violent criminals targeting these sites. This prevents otherwise law-abiding citizens from defending themselves, their loved ones and innocent citizens around them.

If elected, would you support and vote YES on legislation to eliminate restrictions on law-abiding gun owners from carrying a firearm in certain so-called “Gun-Free Zones,” otherwise known as “Criminal Safe Zones?”
Question 10 Answer(Required)

Question 11

Constitutional Carry recognizes that every law-abiding citizen has the right to carry a gun, openly or concealed, for any reason they want to, except to commit a crime. Thus, with no government bureaucracy or license, Pennsylvania citizens could defend themselves, and criminals who use firearms to commit crimes are severely punished. The law in twenty-nine states, including our neighbors in West Virginia and Ohio, and it was passed in the 2021 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly but was vetoed by Governor Wolf. This would restore the right of Pennsylvanians to carry any firearm they can lawfully own for any lawful purpose with no taxes or permission from government.

Would you support and vote yes on Constitutional Carry legislation, which would allow all law-abiding Pennsylvanians the right to carry any lawfully owned weapon, either concealed or openly, without having to first obtain government permission and be added to a list, as is done in well over half of American states?
Question 11 Answer(Required)

Question 12

Pennsylvania’s self-defense laws are lacking, and much work remains to reform them to favor the lawful citizen over the criminal. True “Stand-Your-Ground” law enhancements would provide an enactment clause, establish pre-trial immunity hearings, codify a lawful citizen’s ability to “threaten” the use of reasonable force, eliminate the “duty to retreat” more clearly and provide protection from being charged criminally or sued civilly unless a burden of proof can be met. This would drastically reduce the opportunity for an innocent citizen to be targeted by politically motivated district attorneys or judges, as Kyle Rittenhouse experienced.

Would you support and vote yes on legislation that would enhance Pennsylvania’s self-defense laws by clearly eliminating the “duty to retreat” from an attacker and codifying an enactment clause, pre-trial immunity hearings, threatened use of force and robust immunity for those forced to use reasonable deadly force in self-defense?
Question 12 Answer(Required)

Question 13

Many cities and municipalities across Pennsylvania have or are attempting to enact their own gun laws that are stricter than state law. This is in direct violation of Pennsylvania’s preemption statute, which forbids cities and municipalities from enacting laws regarding the ownership, possession, legal transfer, lawful transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms that are stricter than state law. Unchecked, Pennsylvania could have hundreds of different laws regarding concealed carry, resulting in law abiding Pennsylvanians being in violation of a local ordinance while being in compliance with state law.

Would you support legislation that would strengthen Pennsylvania’s important pre-emption law, which ensures no local government body can pass a gun law that is stricter than state law, by allowing victims to file civil action against violators of Pennsylvania law, thus putting a clear end to the city-by-city abuse that Pennsylvanians are currently experiencing?
Question 13 Answer(Required)

Question 14

Missouri has adopted and several states are considering passing 10th Amendment legislation in their states in an attempt to protect the 2nd Amendment and self-defense rights of their citizens. This is done by forbidding federal government from “commandeering” state and local law-enforcement resources for the purpose of enforcing unconstitutional federal laws or unconstitutional executive orders or unconstitutional rule promulgation.

Will you support and vote yes on Second Amendment Protection Act legislation for Pennsylvania, which renders unconstitutional federal gun control laws, unconstitutional executive orders or unconstitutional rule promulgation by the ATF unenforceable by the state of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania law enforcement, with strong enforcement and civil penalty provisions, such as Missouri passed in 2021?
Question 14 Answer(Required)

Question 15

The leadership of both the Pennsylvania House and and the Pennsylvania Senate are elected by the members of each respective chamber via a voting process. These leadership positions are incredibly powerful as they decide what bills get consideration in committee and on the House floor, and which bills get blocked. In recent years, for example, Speaker Joanna McClinton used her position as Speaker of the House to pass major gun-control bills. These "leadership votes" are critical to defeating gun-control bills and advancing pro-gun legislation.

If elected, would you ONLY support candidates for leadership that are pro-gun, who pledge to advance pro-gun legislation and who pledge to block gun-control bills from consideration?
Question 15 Answer(Required)

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