Kortz announces Senate passage of bill to ensure sportsman clubs, firearms businesses remain open

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – A measure that would allow shooting ranges, sportsman clubs and firearms-related businesses to remain open, regardless of any state emergency declaration, has passed the Senate, state Rep. Bill Kortz announced.

Kortz, D-Allegheny, said H.B. 2440 would officially classify those businesses as life-sustaining, including those related to the sale, production and use of firearms and ammunition.

“When I originally introduced this bill earlier this year, the intent was to reopen the outdoor ranges at the sportsman clubs so members could participate and allow local and county law enforcement officials the ability to train and re-qualify. The bill was later amended to include all aspects of participating in our Second Amendment rights,” Kortz said. “In the spring, sportsman clubs and many businesses that cater to these rights were shuttered and not considered life-sustaining. We were able to demonstrate that many of these businesses were able to reopen safely. Moving forward, I want to ensure that – regardless of any future state emergency declaration – they remain open.”

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for further action.