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Well, here’s an update on PA HB 760...

I wrote a letter stating my concerns to my congressman, (Lawrence Curry) - when I received no response after two weeks I called his Harrisburg office.

There is one person manning that office - and I now paraphrase her comments.

Mr. Curry was asked to co-sponsor a bill to 'decrease crime and violence in Philadelphia' - to which he readily agreed.

Upon receipt of the text of HB 760, and after receiving over 500 calls/e-mails/letters he has withdrawn his support.

She further stated that ALL co-sponsors of HB 760, other than the two original authors (I believe this to be representatives Cruz and Youngblood), have withdrawn their support.

The bill will most likely die in committee.

I received an email reply from my State Rep. today regarding my contacting him about Pennsylvania's HB 760. I thought some might be interested in what he had to say:<blockquote>

"Dear Friend,

Thank you for your rapid response on House Bill 760. This historic response of more than 12,000 individuals who replied to my website petition is instrumental in bringing a halt to any consideration of this legislation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives before it ever gets started.

The swiftness and volume of responses that came in to my office has gotten the attention of the national press, as I was interviewed by the Associated Press on this matter last week. I was also called upon to participate in an NRA Radio Program on this issue on Friday, April 20th.

The provisions of House Bill 760 are, in my opinion, unconstitutional, impractical and simply outrageous. Without question, a requirement to register all firearms with the State Police, to submit to fingerprinting, to provide full home address and social security number or be guilty of a summary offense as House Bill 760 would require, is an example of the clear violation of the citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. For any member to sponsor, cosponsor or support legislation that clearly infringes upon constitutionally identified and guaranteed rights raises a serious question as to whether this action violates the oath that Members took to defend and protect the citizen’s rights as guaranteed in the Constitutions of the United States and of Pennsylvania.

House Bill 760 would not only impose a violation of our constitutional rights through invasive government requirements, it would also tax our right to own firearms through a $10.00 tax to be levied every year on each firearm.

On Wednesday, April 18, 2007, Representative Caltagirone, who is the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. In reference to the House Bill 760 moving out of Judiciary Committee, Representative Caltagirone said, “It’s not going anywhere.” His decision has much to do with the responses from each and every one of you.

However, we must remain vigilant. This issue, while addressed for the moment, is sure to be brought up again in other legislation. Although we may have won the immediate battle, the war continues. I may need to call upon you in the future should other such egregious legislation be introduced. I will make every attempt to keep you updated on other attacks on our Second Amendment rights that may come before the legislature.

I want you to know that I will continue to work to protect your rights. Thank you for working with me on this front.


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