Right to Bear Arms

Article I, section 21 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution reads, “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.” In John’s opinion, “shall not be questioned” goes even further than federal Second Amendment rights. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, John has played a pivotal role in opposing Governor Tom Wolf’s most egregious forms of “questioning” an individual’s right to bear arms, including firearm registries, background checks for ammunition purchases, and additional excise taxes on guns and ammo. Further, he has helped shepherd legislation such as state pre-emption through the process, going after unconstitutional ordinances in Philadelphia and elsewhere, while working to make firearm ownership and the right to carry more safe and accessible. John has received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and an endorsement from the Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC), indicating that he is a consistent supporter of an individual’s rights to keep and bear arms.

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