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Pa. gun-rights rally draws light turnout



Published: Tue, May 8, 2012 @ 12:35 p.m.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An annual gun-rights rally drew a lighter-than-usual turnout at Pennsylvania’s Capitol, while a House panel backed minimum prison sentences for felons who possess firearms.

About 150 people attended today’s rally. They cheered legislators who took turns criticizing the state’s instant-check system for prospective gun buyers and other requirements they view as obstructions to their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Also today, the House Judiciary Committee voted 21-3 to approve a bill to set a minimum five-year prison term for felons caught possessing firearm and minimums of up to 25 years for repeat offenders.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Todd Stephens, shrugged off concerns by some of the panelists about minimum sentences contributing to prison overcrowding. The Montgomery County Republican said prisons are built for these types of offenders.


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1DwightK(1300 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Who would want to do away with instant background checks? Have they seen some of the people who want to buy guns but are prevented from doing so? That's just insanity.

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2LtMacGowan(668 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

You know usually Id support an act like this but however I have a good friend. He wrote 3 bad checks shortly after his 18th birthday and was charged with a felony because the amount totaled over $500. Now he ll never be able to own a fire arm for life. He hasnt gotten so much as a speeding ticket since then but there is no relief he will never, ever be able to own a firearm.

there should be some kind of time limit for crimes that dont have violence.

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32ndamendment(21 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

LtMac

If your friend doesnt have any other priors he can get an expungment on a felony. You are allowed one expungment in your life time if i remember correctly.
He/She will have to see a lawyer to get it done.

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42ndamendment(21 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

LtMac

If your friend doesnt have any other priors he can get an expungment on a felony. You are allowed one expungment in your life time if i remember correctly.
He/She will have to see a lawyer to get it done. and then he will be able to own a gun again

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