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The state legislature is expected to pass a bill to prevent municipalities from attempting to enact and enforce their own restrictions on gun ownership.

An approach where different communities are allowed to enact their own unique gun control ordinances will only lead to patchwork policies that Pennsylvanians who legally own and carry guns will struggle to follow.

“Where so many different ordinances are allowed to exist, citizens without criminal intent are at risk of violating restrictions where they don’t know they exist,” State Rep. Matt Dowling, R-Uniontown, said over the weekend.

Governor Tom Wolf has said in the past that he would veto similar legislation, saying then that “Pennsylvanians deserve safety.”

But a better way to keep Pennsylvanians safe is for police to enforce existing state and federal laws — not to divert their time and resources with gun control orders that stop at municipal lines. a few kilometers at most. The best way to make Pennsylvania safer is to allow police to focus their investigations on violent criminals — not law-abiding Pennsylvanians who can’t navigate different standards in the more than 2,500 municipalities across the country. State.

A municipal end to gun control won’t make Pennsylvania any safer, and I hope a veto-proof majority in the state legislature recognizes that.

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