Gainey pushes legislation to ban assault weapons in Pennsylvania

Firearms like AR-15s would be outlawed if bill passes

HARRISBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, has reintroduced a bill that would ban high-capacity, semi-automatic rifles in Pennsylvania.

Gainey’s bill, H.B. 770, would ban the possession, purchase, transfer, use, and manufacture of an assault weapon. These firearms, like AR-15s, were used in the mass shootings at a high school and night club in Florida, an elementary school in Connecticut, and a church in Texas. It was also used in the shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“Following those tragic events, several states passed legislation that banned these types of weapons,” said Gainey. “But even though one of those mass shootings happened right here in our own backyard, Pennsylvania lawmakers have failed to follow in their footsteps. It’s time we take action.”

This legislation would make exceptions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserve, National Guard, and law enforcement while performing and traveling to and from official duties. It would also not impact a person’s lawful ownership of these weapons before the date of the new policy enforcement.

The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee where it awaits further action.