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Article published January 24, 2013
Metcalfe proposes gun legislation
HARRISBURG — State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said Wednesday he plans to introduce legislation that would make any new federal gun control laws unenforceable in Pennsylvania. Metcalfe, R-12th, said in a press release that his bill is similar to others recently passed in Texas and Wyoming. It would mainly prohibit the enforcement of any new federal restrictions on legal guns and ammunition. Called the Right to Bear Arms Protection Act, the bill would prosecute anyone who tries to enforce gun control laws. Even federal agents could be arrested and charged with a felony if the bill becomes law. “The purpose of my legislation is to force any gun-grabbing federal official to count the costs of unconstitutionally disarming or denying Pennsylvania citizens their God-given right to keep and bear arms,” Metcalfe said in a press release. Metcalfe said the right to bear arms “shall not be questioned” and that even the state's constitution makes it “crystal clear” that no government entity has any authority to impose restrictions on law-abiding gun owners. Metcalfe also urged constituents to sign an anti-gun control petition on his website.