Federal

Under the guise of banning the “bump stocks” used in the Las Vegas shooting, a bipartisan panel of lawmakers, including the local Congressmen Dent, Costello, and Meehan, have introduced a bill that would “any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun.” NRA is opposing this bill, as it would ban installing a match grade trigger into a semi-automatic rifle since that technically affects the rate of fire, even if that is not its purpose. It would also potentially ban installing a different bolt carrier or buffer spring, since those parts may also increase the rate of fire incidentally. There are many common modifications that can be done to a semi-automatic rifle that this poorly thought out bill would ban. Our local representative, Brian Fitzpatrick has not signed on as a cosponsor of this bill, which is encouraging. Members are encouraged to call or write Mr. Fitzpatrick and encourage him to oppose H.R.3999.

Middletown Township

At the last meeting of the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors, held on October 2nd, 2017, two members of the five member Board, Mr. Tom Tosti and Ms. Amy Strouse, expressed interest in the Board lobbying our state lawmakers to bring New Jersey and California style gun control laws to Pennsylvania. Both members repeatedly praised the gun laws of both states as a model for us here in Pennsylvania, especially their bans on politically incorrect semi-automatic rifles. Fortunately, the other three members of the Board of Supervisors, Mr. Tom Gallagher, Mr. William Oettinger, and Mr. H. George Leonhauser, voted against the motion, causing it to fail. We have no desire, as a club, to see our local townships involved in the gun control debate. We are asking two things of club members:

  1. Please get out to vote on Tuesday November 7th. If you are a resident of Middletown Township, Supervisor candidate Kevin Glasson has expressed opposition to the Board of Supervisors involving themselves in gun control. It is very important that we do not elect more supervisors like Mr. Tosti and Mr. Strouse.
  2. Please plan to show up to the Middletown Township Board of Supervisor’s meeting on Monday November 20th at 7:30PM for the next Board of Supervisors meeting. The Middletown Township building is located at 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne, PA 19047. If you come, please wear something indicating you’re a club member or NRA member. If you’re a township resident, and you’d like to speak, we’ll get people lined up for the public comment period. But you do not have to speak. Just showing up will make an impression.

We had a very successful showing when a few Lower Makefield supervisors started talking gun control a few years back. Our presence helped convince then to table their resolution, so hopefully we can also have a good turnout here.