Gun owners fired up over proposal

Oct 4, 2009 Read more: Times Leader 8

Ordinance would require owners to report lost, stolen firearms within 48 hours. SCRANTON The Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights protects an American's right to keep and bear arms.

Read more
Watchdog

Orlando, FL

#1 Oct 4, 2009
I thought that PA had preemption laws to prevent municipalities from making their own gun laws....

Can't politicians understand when "No" means "NO!"???

“Pompous pontificator”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#2 Oct 4, 2009
Watchdog wrote:
I thought that PA had preemption laws to prevent municipalities from making their own gun laws....
Can't politicians understand when "No" means "NO!"???
You are right about preemption laws in PA. It took an intelligent/right-thinking DA in Philly to kick some sense into the Mayor and his henchmen about this concept. Hope the same clear thinking will prevail in Scranton and this BS will stop.

“Constitutionist/ SAF”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#3 Oct 4, 2009
By Jeff Shields
Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter likened himself and City Council members yesterday to the band of rebels who formed this country as he signed five new gun-control laws that defy the state legislature and legal precedent.
"Almost 232 years ago, a group of concerned Americans took matters in their own hands and did what they needed to do by declaring that the time had come for a change," Nutter said as he signed the bills in front of a table of confiscated weapons outside the police evidence room in City Hall.
"We are going to make ourselves independent of the violence that's been taking place in this city for far too long," he said.
The five laws - called everything from unconstitutional to criminal by critics - do the following:
Limit handgun purchases to one a month.
Require lost or stolen firearms to be reported to police within 24 hours.
Prohibit individuals under protection-from-abuse orders from possessing guns if ordered by the court.
Allow removal of firearms from "persons posing a risk of imminent personal injury" to themselves or others.
Outlaw the possession and sale of certain assault weapons.
Nutter said he would begin to enforce the laws immediately, with the exception of the one-gun-a-month requirement, which takes effect in six months.

part one

“Constitutionist/ SAF”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#4 Oct 4, 2009
part two:
"He and Council are in for a fight, however. The city has tried and failed for three decades to buck the 1974 state law that reserves gun regulation to the state legislature. The state's preeminence appeared to be cemented in a 1996 Supreme Court ruling that allowed the legislature to prevent Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from enacting local gun laws.
Recent efforts include a 2005 referendum in which city voters, by a 4-1 ratio, demanded that the state allow the city to pass its own gun laws. Council members Darrell L. Clarke and Donna Reed Miller sponsored a set of gun-control measures bills last year, then sued the legislature to allow them to move forward. That case is pending.
National Rifle Association spokesman John Hohenwarter said he expected the organization to sue "within a short time frame."
Kim Stolfer, vice chairman of the Pennsylvania Sportsmen's Association's legislative committee, said the organization was considering its legal options and suggested that the enactment of the laws was a criminal act.
"He's committing five misdemeanor crimes," Stolfer said. "What kind of message is he sending when he and City Council are willing to commit crimes for issues that are not going to work?"
Nutter and Council are not likely to find a great deal of support in the legislature.
State Representative John M. Perzel (R., Phila.) said through a spokesman that the laws were unconstitutional. House Speaker Dennis M. O'Brien (R. Phila.) did not return a call for comment, and State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.) declined to comment.
Even the city's fiercest proponent of stricter gun laws in the legislature, Democratic Rep. Dwight Evans, offered only lukewarm support.
Evans spokeswoman Johnna Pro said: "No one ... feels the frustration" of city leaders more than Evans, so he would not criticize them.
But Evans, she said, also is a leader in the House of Representatives and "believes that everyone needs to allow the process to work, even though the process, at times, may be excruciatingly slow and incredibly unresponsive."
Phil Goldsmith, president of the gun-control advocacy group CeaseFire PA, said "it's worth trying" to enact and test the laws.
"It's a shame the city has to do something like this because the legislature has failed to exercise its responsibilities," Goldsmith said.
Council members Clarke and Miller pared their package down from nine bills, including two that would create registries of gun sales, to the five that they say would stand a constitutional challenge.
Nutter embraced the idea of taking "direct action" to challenge a legal status quo to protect city residents.
"If we all sat around bemoaning what the law was on a regular basis," Nutter said. "I'd probably still be picking cotton somewhere as opposed to being mayor of the city of Philadelphia."
source:http://forum.skyscraper page.com/showthread.php?t=1492 16

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#5 Oct 4, 2009
48 hours, why not make it 48 minutes. I feel sorry for the law abiding gun owners of Chicago. Sounds like this Nutter nut needs another job. Just another thinly veiled ploy to register guns -if Nutter doesn't know you have one, how can he arrest you for having it stolen?

“Insults are not counter points”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#6 Oct 5, 2009
“The people that have these guns that are committing these crimes, they’re illegal guns,” Gatelli said.“Target them.”
What manufacture is making "illegal guns"? What trait is causing these guns to be illegal?

Guns, by nature of them being inanimate, can be neither legal nor illegal, safe nor dangerous. It is only AFTER human intervention that the gun becomes one or the other.
Wolverine

Cumberland, MD

#7 Oct 5, 2009
GunClinger wrote:
<quoted text>
What manufacture is making "illegal guns"? What trait is causing these guns to be illegal?
Guns, by nature of them being inanimate, can be neither legal nor illegal, safe nor dangerous. It is only AFTER human intervention that the gun becomes one or the other.
You use too much common sense for the progressives. They will never understand, until some citizen points a gun at their stupid head & tells them they will die before being disarmed.

“Constitutionist/ SAF”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#8 Oct 5, 2009
RustyS wrote:
48 hours, why not make it 48 minutes. I feel sorry for the law abiding gun owners of Chicago. Sounds like this Nutter nut needs another job. Just another thinly veiled ploy to register guns -if Nutter doesn't know you have one, how can he arrest you for having it stolen?
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (a state with gun preemption law ignored by Philly Mayor Nutter)

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Clarks Summit Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
I Hate Gin's Tavern (Feb '09) Mar 29 Danielle 22
A new form of transportation for this area. Mar '15 William 1
News Why won't IHOP open a restaurant in Wilkes-Barr... Feb '15 Polak Power 1
N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2015:01:15 17:41:34 Feb '15 Shamim Rahman 1
Dickson Stove (Mar '07) Jan '15 Kate 20
News Laceyville officer reinstated, on probation (Jul '14) Dec '14 Tom Chandra 2
Better By Design / Lamandre (Jul '13) Oct '14 TookYearsOffMyLif... 20

Fire Warning for Lackawanna County was issued at April 18 at 3:32AM EDT

More from around the web

Clarks Summit People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]