Judiciary Committee passes legislation to strengthen firearms laws

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The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee passed legislation to strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms laws Tuesday during the committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting.

House Bill 1946 would increase the penalty for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon from a felony of the second degree to a felony of the first degree.

“Possessing and using firearm is a right in our country,” said House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico in a press release. “Unfortunately, we see many people abuse this right.”

The bill gives Pennsylvania judges the flexibility to to impose greater penalties for felons who illegally possess firearms.

Several other bills also moved through the committee Tuesday, including: House Bills 1496, 1497, 1498, 853 and Senate Bill 594.

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